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Great Migrations

Synopsis
A seven-part television series that follows the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species. Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff-blinds, on ice floes and underwater, the series presents a visual record of a diverse range of animal migrations, including zebras in Botswana, Mali elephants, red crabs on Christmas Island, army ants in Costa Rica and Pacific great white sharks. The series is a technical tour de force, capturing the travels of microscopic plankton and translucent jelly fish, and documenting the attachment of radio transmitters to monarch butterflies and elephant seals in order to study migration behaviours.

DVD extras: SCIENCE OF GREAT MIGRATIONS investigates the mysteries behind some of the most impressive and puzzling migrations. Is shows the placing of the first radio transmitter on a butterfly and scientists tracking elusive elephant seals with a special tag called a ‘Daily Diary’, designed to find out what these creatures do during the ten months every year they disappear beneath the surface of the ocean.
GREAT MIGRATIONS: BEHIND THE SCENES Shows the dramatic measures the National Geographic crews took during years in the field to get the painstaking shots, including swimming with sharks out of the cage; facing an enormous sandstorm moving at 60 mph; dangling off a 400-ft cliff to capture the first ever footage of peregrine falcon nestlings; spending 14 hours a day for an entire month 150 ft off the ground in Borneo to film primates in the canopy; almost getting trapped in the Arctic by ice and shifting currents while filming walruses.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Biology; Geography
Keywords
animal behaviour; migration - animal; wildlife; wildlife filmmaking

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Blu-Ray DVD
Price
$29.99 (Blu-ray) £19.99 (DVD)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
272 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

National Geographic Television

Distributor

Name

Fremantle Media Enterprises Ltd

Email
videodvd@fremantlemedia.com
Web
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