Last year we had Penguins - Spy in the Huddle [DVD
] and this year we are presented with the same sort of thing, but exploring the world of dolphins. With new spy-cams disguised as fish, a turtle, and a dolphin, as well as a real dolphin fitted with a camera, we are taken into this fascinating undersea world. Mainly this follows both male and female pods of Bottlenose Dolphins, although in the first episode we see Spinner Dolphins, and in the second episode Orcas and even a Humpback Dolphin.
With scenes that have never be caught on camera before this makes something that is certainly memorable to watch. We can see how different pods interact, and as well as seeing superpods we actually get to see a legendary megapod. Seeing how courtship and mating rituals are played out we also see how young dolphins are taught to hunt. Different pods develop different skills for the area that they are in, all which are learned behaviour by that particular pod, and may not be used or known by any pods. It is this intelligence and willingness to adapt that make dolphins so successful, but there is more to life than eating and mating for dolphins. Like us these animals love to play and give each other things as signs of friendship. Watching male dolphins playing with a Puffer Fish we also see that these creatures aren't adverse to recreational drug use.
As well as dolphins we do see other sea creatures, after all in the sea a lot of creatures interact, following each other for prey, or seeking protection. One of the most funniest moments on this is in the first episode where a couple of turtles are mating, but the female starts to make advances towards the turtle spy-cam. Over the years there have been many programmes featuring dolphins, but I can't honestly think of anything quite as memorable as this.