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Sir David Attenborough could be the most viewed creature on Earth after BBC figures revealed 80 million viewers watched the new Blue Planet series in China alone.
And the programme was downloaded so many times by Chinese viewers it slowed down the country's internet connection.
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Despite the Asian country's authoritarian regime, which stunts the growth of environmental movements, Sir David's show, which carries a key message of the threat humans pose to our oceans, has become a massive success.
Viewers took to Weibo, a Chinese social media website similar to Twitter, to share their enjoyment of the show, according to the Sunday Times.
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Muhou Jun, a film blogger from Beijing with a following of four million, said: 'I watched with my mouth hanging open.
'Blue Planet contains a profound humanistic appeal to protect our environment.'
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And Fankucha Zhendi, also of Beijing and with 1.4 million followers, wrote: 'I've been crying all the time... it's just so beautiful.'
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