Image: http://www.geekosystem.com/death-by-brinicle/

I don’t think anyone can make a documentary quite like the BBC. And so close to my heart this time: The Frozen Planet. No, my heart is not frozen, but my scientific interests are. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and the cinematography is exceptional.

I learned about the sophisticated hunting techniques of pack animals, both in the water and out, and that bison are not so clever when they are frightened. (I’m talking about the bison that looks like it is going to rescue one of the weaker herd that is being savaged by wolves, only to trample straight over the injured beast). And Mount Erebus, Antarctica’s most active volcano, spewing steam that creates the craziest ice caves, where crystals grow from the size of a pinhead to the size of a man. And who knew there were such things as brinicles?!

I take my hat off to the BBC, not only for the incredible job that they do by bringing the wonders of the natural world into the homes of the masses, but for keeping this fledgling scientist inspired. Anyone who has completed a PhD will tell you that the process is a bit of a roller coaster. There are the exhilarating highs, and some moments where you would just like to get off the ride. If I ever feel I might like to refund my ticket, an episode of The Blue Planet, or now The Frozen Planet, gets me straight back in  my seat, no matter how queasy I feel.

Anyway check this out: the brinicles, not me feeling queasy, no one needs to see that.