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Title The Dolphins Of Shark Bay / Director: Stringer, Nick
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary With the ever present threat of shark attack, the challenges of bringing up a newborn dolphin calf are extreme in Western Australia's Shark Bay. Witness the secret lives of the 'Beachies' - a family of six dolphins led by matriarch Puck - over six months as they reveal behaviour never before captured on film.Using the latest miniature cameras to eavesdrop on the pod's life aquatic, this moving story follows the challenges the family face in one of the most spectacular marine areas on Earth. No day is ever the same...A World Heritage region, Shark Bay is home to a healthy population of dugongs, rays, sea turtles and sea snakes. With nesting loggerheads, humpback whales, coral reefs and a huge diversity of coastal habitats including giant sand dunes, towering cliffs and mangroves, it is one of the most diverse and awe inspiring marine areas on Earth. Puck is biologist Janet Mann's favourite, after following her more than 20 years. Mann describes her as "a daredevil, bold and courageous, and a great mother. Samu is her 6th calf."We see Samu's first tentative swim and hear Puck's reassuring calls as he finds his voice and develops his own 'signature' call. When tiger shark attacks dramatically increase, the Beachie family is on edge and Samu is in particular danger, as almost 50 percent of calves don't survive to their third year.This is a heart warming and insightful portrayal of one of the ocean's most beguiling creatures. PRODUCTION DETAILSA Big Wave production. Director/Producer, Nick Stringer and Executive Producer, Sarah Cunliffe previously worked on Saved by Dolphins, Turtle: Incredible Journey and Bug Attack
Event Broadcast 2011-06-26 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Bottlenose dolphin -- Behavior.
Bottlenose dolphin -- Infancy.
Dolphins -- Mortality.
Marine ecology.
Shark attacks.
Underwater exploration.
Indian Ocean -- Shark Bay.
Form Streaming video
Author Penry-Jones, Rupert, cast
Stringer, Nick, director