Documentary wildlife photography and filmmaking has an unspoken rule of not interfering with the natural course of events in the scenes and situations you’re trying to capture on camera. Yet, A BBC wildlife film crew decided to break that rule by coming to the rescue of trapped penguins.
The crew was filming David Attenborough’s latest BBC series Dynasties in Antarctica when they noticed that a group of penguins had become trapped in a gully during a storm. Steppin in the crew freed the penguins by digging an escape route for the penguins.
BBC Earth describes the effort as an “unprecedented move” for its filmmakers, who determined that the intervention didn’t pose any danger to them or the animals, that they weren’t changing the dynamics of the natural system, and that they weren’t depriving any other creatures of food.
The reaction on this event is mixed, while some documentary makers support the move, others are objecting to it.