Ocean World starts with phenomena that can best be described as a self-sustaining ecosystem in itself. Annually, one could set their watch by it, off the coast of South Africa gathers a swarm of millions of sardines. So thickly dense is their amassment that the appearance they give off is one of a black swarm. This swarm of sardines is the catalyst and lowest in the sequence of the food chain that their congregation incites. After their onset, immediately arriving are cape gannets, who dive into the water and then submerge themselves while swimming after their prey sardines. The next largest superiors in the food chain are bronze whaler sharks, who are complemented and joined by common dolphins possessing much greater strategy in their progress to catch the sardines. These common dolphins hunt cooperatively in their families, releasing air bubbles from their blowholes to herd the sardines into easily-caught, sporadic balls of sequestered and packed-together sardines. As the coup de grace, the largest predator comes, a Bryde's Whale, leviathan mouth wide agape as all he has to do is, like a baleen whale, coast through the fish to finish them off, since they'll be superceded by his mouth's scope.
Absolutely, Ocean World's exciting highlight is the documentation of a live-captured assault-and-pillage of a Gray Whale calf by a pod of majestic Killer Whales.Read more ›
Two aspects of the films stand out the most: the unbelievable image quality and visual narratives. The films capture aspects of animal behavior which have never before been seen on film (polar bears hunting beluga whales; orcas playing soccer with a baby seal, baitball feeding with marlin, dolphins and a sei whale; orca pods attacking a baby gray whale, and so on). And they capture this behavior with extremely moving beauty.
Unlike many nature documentaries, there are no talking heads, only background narration. You get a non-stop flow of images creatively matched to orginal music. But for those who do enjoy the talking heads, each film has great bonus tracks with interviews of the camerafolk, producers, scientists, etc.
The DVDs contain quite a lot astounding scenes and with excellant narration to help us visualize the beauty of the earth, and realize our human being is far from understanding the very planet we live on.
If you have teenager kids, DVDs will help them cherrish the world, more eager to explore knowledage, away from street violence.
Don't forget, accompany the DVDs, there is a same named book, available to buy separately.