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Hunger Pangs

  • Apr 7, 2011
As humans evolved and as intelligent as the world becomes, sometimes we tend to forget the basic instincts of living organisms. We all need food! We in the richer and more advanced countries have the tendency to forget that. Many a time we waste food, don’t we? And the reason behind recent protests in the Middle East? High food prices is clearly one of the main and motivating reasons!
Now, in the animal kingdom, the hunt for food is basic. It means survival. And in nature, there’s no negotiation where survival of the fittest rules and when that's the basic law.
This series of BBC Earth production investigates how the animals stay in groups and safety in numbers to decrease their chances of being attacked by predators. It shows how they do so and why the predators choose to attack them when it’s sometimes against their natural habits and food sources. The common thread behind these series is that these animals “migrate” in massive herds and groups. That in itself is an astounding sight to see on films.

5 episodes:
  1. The Deep

The film follows the African sardines and demonstrates the entire food chain whereby the sardines hunt for their food while the birds and dolphins hunt for the sardines. The shark then hunts the seals and birds. The video of 100 millions of sardines are awesome to watch. To capture the entire shore of sardines in motion is just totally mind-boggling! The feeding behavioral patterns of the predators are equally stunning! To each his (or rather its) own; the predators attacking from all sides, sharks below, dolphins on the side and birds from the top. The sardines have no chance of escaping!

Whales too join in the feast, 10000 sardines in a single gulp!

       2.  The Trap

A million flamingos congregate in East Africa. This is the battleground with predators setting “the stage for violent confrontation”.
Global warming has made the lands and lakes arid . Eagles, baboons are their predators due to the lack of food and hunger has changed their habits of a lifetime by hunting on birds instead of fish.

Do you know flamingo fly at night and lives for up to 40 years? Do you know how flamingo feed itself and what do they feed on? You'll find out the answers in this episode.

       3.  The Crossing

Wildebeest is the feature in this series. You'll see crocodiles and lions on the side waiting to attack.

       4.  The Falls

The story of the Alaskan salmons vs some of its predators (sharks, grizzly bears, eagles) waiting on the sideline for the ambush. Salmons mating and dying thereafter. This is where "sex is the ultimate killer"!

       5.  The Edge

Penguins and the leopard seals, the penguins’ nightmare under water. The penguins’ movement across Antarctica is quite a fun sight to watch. These penguins return to where they were first hatched to lay their eggs. Nest building activities are filmed as well as fights. It’s wonderful to see the maternal and paternal instinct of these penguins.
The leopard seal is brutal and the way it kills is quite a horror sight to watch. 

       6.  The Exodus

40 millions Mexican bats leave its cave in mass exodus every summer. Snakes and hawks are the “partners in crime” in this episode. This is my least favorite episode. It’s gross to see the large numbers of bats and snakes. They thrive in dark places and I hate dark places! However, I must admit the producer took great pain in showing the details of the bats and the caves where they reproduce. Even the young were filmed as they were being fed in the caves.

While each episode has something new and exciting to offer, it can be tedious to watch the discs all at one go. Despite the fact I'm not an animal "lover", I still find this series of videos exceptional and enligthening. The educational value of it is tremendous and if you are interested in nature and animals, this is a definite must for you. The photography aspect is totally out of this world. The crew must have taken hours and hours of waiting to shoot the predatory behaviors of these animals! Well done!

Tip: You can watch this documentary here.

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