To not know whether the ocean really has a 'midnight zone'

(47 Posts)
Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 16:18:07

I've heard about it a lot on Octonauts, but is it real? Does anyone know?

PeppermintCreams Thu 24-Jan-13 21:03:44

If you read the original octonauts story books that the tv show is based on they have lots of made creatures.

Everything in Th tv show is real though even the octopod.

FarrahFawcettsFlick Thu 24-Jan-13 21:11:16

If you can get this - do. It's amazing, especially episode 2 'The Deep'. A bit old for pre-schoolers, but my DS (6) loves it and it is fantastic to watch.

<marry me David>

kim147 Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:17

Wet playtime at school yesterday.

So we watched Octonauts.

"Creature report, creature report, creature report"

DS has gone off them now and prefers Deadly 60. But confirms there is a midnight zone. Could no doubt identify animals living in there. He was obsessed by it.

SomeKindOfDeliciousBiscuit Thu 24-Jan-13 23:34:48

DH and I love Octonauts. We assume DD thinks it's ok.

I was listening very closely and Capt. Barnacles is a Yorkshire man polar bear. The odd vowel sound slipped through and I went "aha!"


noblegiraffe Fri 25-Jan-13 00:28:03

Captain Barnacles is voiced by the same guy who does Aleksander Meerkat. Simples.

Dd was going on about the twilight zone, and midnight zone in the ocean the other day, she's been watching a kids TV show about it. Kratts creatures seasquwatch episode.

GothAnneGeddes Fri 25-Jan-13 00:50:18

Noblegiraffe - there's a bit of worthwhile triva! Wonder what his "real" voice is like?

sleepyhead Fri 25-Jan-13 13:28:56

He's Simon Greenall who played Michael in "I'm Alan Partridge" (the Geordie ex Army guy.). I thought I could here a bit of Scottish in Cpt Barnacles, but as Simon Greenall is from the Cumberland area it's probably a short vowel northern thing.

I wonder if he did the Geordie lobsters as well?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thumbwitch Fri 25-Jan-13 13:48:46

DS1 (5) loves the Octonauts. I'm pretty impressed with them too - especially when they came up with the fish-with-the-massive-name (aka the reef triggerfish)!

Arithmeticulous Fri 25-Jan-13 13:54:08

I will admit that before I knew better there's been a couple of creatures on there that I scorned as being obviously completely made up blush because some things aren't real (vegimals, Octopod/warp drive issues) and I assumed some of the creatures were also made up.

DS2 loves the vegimals. He wishes they were real.

Shellington Sun 27-Jan-13 12:46:12

Fans here too (does it show?! grin )

Just wanted to add, The Works has Octonauts books in atm for 99p each smile
The only one I suggest flicking through to check for suitability first is "Sea of Shade" - gorgeous pictures, weird story - the rest are all episode-based (Decorator Crab, Giant Squid etc)

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 27-Jan-13 14:33:44

If it's on the Octonauts it must be true.

turkeyboots Sun 27-Jan-13 14:45:24

The original books have made up sea monsters in them, like the "only lonely monster" and as above the "sea of shade" is an odd little story. But they are great!

andtheycalleditbunnylove Sun 27-Jan-13 16:24:23

daughter showed me some octonauts last night - my first ever trip into the midnight zone. it was ok, but the best bit was grandaughter (14mo) deciding to sit next to me on the sofa for a few minutes. smile

GilmoursPillow Sun 27-Jan-13 17:02:01

urban thank you for the BBC link, I found it fascinating (so I at least am glad the OP posted this!)

Living Sun 27-Jan-13 18:54:17

We went to a talk by a marine biologist who spends his life tracking whale sharks; our 3 year old watched the whale shark episode of octonauts the next day. Scarily accurate.

But am I the only one who feels a but uncomfortable that the rabbit sits there eating carrots next to the giant carrot animal things?

elfycat Sun 27-Jan-13 18:57:40

I think the animal stuff on Octonauts is pretty good. Their attitude to Health and Safety and their diving safety is somewhat more suspect.....

Shellington Sun 27-Jan-13 19:01:28

grin Living
Cap' is on a bit of a power trip, most episodes, but is a likeable chap.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 27-Jan-13 19:16:45

Oh and if anyone is after Octonaut books they usually have loads on the Book People with lots of money off.

piprabbit Sun 27-Jan-13 19:20:32

elfycat - you are right. Slapping a pair of ear defenders over the top of your diving helmet is not going to protect you at all from a snapping shrimp.

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