BBC series on animal survival tactics to be released

09:09, May 27, 2010      

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Following the enormous success of the series "Planet Earth," BBC Earth produced a groundbreaking documentary series called "Life", which illustrates the extraordinary tactics used by animals and plants to stay alive. If you're already a fan of the BBC nature series, you'll be delighted to know it is being released on DVD.

Filmed over 3,000 days, the program humanizes the stories and struggles of the animal and plant world.

Michael Gunton, Executive Producer of "Life", said, "People often think of animals as just existing, but actually, they've all got personal, individual lives, every moment of their lives they're striving to survive. We thought it would be wonderful, this idea of almost parachuting in on individuals at key moments in their lives and seeing what they've got, how they cope with those challenges and the amazing adaptations they have to survive."

The "Life" crew at times used cameras that film at 2,000 frames per second, more than 50 times faster than regular video shooting speeds. This enabled the producers to capture animal movements that would otherwise be too fast to show.

One of the sequences was filmed off the Florida Keys and it involves dolphins and the ingenious fishing technique they've devised.

According to Gunton, only dolphins in this area have come up with this method. One dolphin creates a ring of mud by stirring up the seabed with its tail. The mullet are trapped in the cloudy ring and jump into the air to escape, into the dolphins' mouths.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening all aspects of wildlife, including these dolphins. Gunton says because dolphins are so intelligent, they may find ways to escape any danger from the hazardous oil.

The series, "Life" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on June 1st.



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