Parents' Guide to

Wild Deep

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Oceanic nature series spotlights curious creatures.

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The goal of Wild Deep is obvious: Scan the ocean for the wacky and weird, and capture footage of them in action. In this way, it's more like Ripley's Believe It or Not! than it is like a more serious series like Planet Earth, and the show's brisk pace and 30-minute format (short for the standard nature documentary) reflect this style. At times it's unsettling, ushering you so quickly from one oceanic oddity to the next that you get little more than a three-sentence explanation of what you're watching. The upside is that you're introduced to a range of species and examples of animal specialization in a short amount of time, but this comes at the price of thorough reporting on the subjects themselves.

That's not to say that Wild Deep has nothing to offer viewers. It does what it can with what it's given: a truncated time frame on one hand and the planet's most expansive animal habitat on the other. What you get are amazing images of life forms large and small, each of which is specifically adapted to eat, reproduce, and evade predators. It's a fascinating tour of some of the ocean's hot spots, and ultimately it does its difficult job well enough that you're left wanting more of what it has to offer.

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