TV series

The informative four part TV series is intended to complement the film. Where the film inspires, the series add depth. Each episode focuses on key North Sea habitat types: coasts, reefs, the seabed and the open sea. We address the connected social issues and (inter)national conservation projects in subtle and reflective ways without interviews. Sustainability is showcased with positive and inspiring examples. Prior to each episode, we ask ourselves the question: How does nature thrive and survive in ‘The Wild North Sea’?

Coasts

Join us on our journey through the coastal waters of the North Sea and admire the nutrient-rich nurseries. Life in the water column, on the surface and on the seabed is interconnected here. Algae take advantage of the sunlight and produce oxygen. Rivers feed the sea with nutrients. The coastal waters make up less than ten percent of the North Sea, but are home to by far the most marine life. How does this affect the sea birds and fish that migrate between fresh and salt water?

Seabed

Discover the diversity of life on or near the bottom of the North Sea. These so-called benthic species use specialised and spectacular tactics to survive. They dig, plane, drill, graze and filter. Most animals do this by touch. Immerse yourself in the world of shellfish, crabs, benthic fish, shrimp and graceful worms. What happens to dead animals and fish faeces when they drift down to the bottom?

Reefs

Just north of the Netherlands there are small areas in the North Sea home to some truly ancient stones. Completely covered with colourful sea creatures of all sorts, they look like little sea-gardens. In this episode you will visit these mini reefs. The shy but beautiful tube worms have no need for stones or structures as they build their own natural reefs. They form extensive carpets providing food and protection for young life. Shellfish reefs also support rich and diverse communities. The number of oil and gas rigs and wind turbines in the North Sea is growing. Largely undisturbed because of their 500m exclusion zones these structures can form significant artificial reefs. Will reefs help the return of the Atlantic cod to the southern North Sea?

Open sea

Experience the full power and beauty of the North Sea. The busiest sea in the world has natural habitats that no one has seen before. Learn that the green colour and the turbidity of the North Sea is not caused by pollution, but an abundance of algae and plankton. These micro-organisms form the basis for a healthy food chain. Herring, mackerel, porpoises and killer whales benefit from this. How do these large predators live and survive in the North Sea?