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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing footage of finny frolics, 10 Jan. 2014
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This two-part BBC documentary showcases some stunning footage of wild dolphins, porpoises and orca. Each episode is a 60 minute treasure, combining unique filming of different pods with cheerful commentary. There's even a Blu-ray version which does full justice to the astonishing slo-mo shots of dolphins leaping, twirling and frolicking in the surf. It's not all mammals, either: there's some amazing sequences of beautiful marine life in action - look out for the serene, flying giant rays, stacked five high as they hunt along the ocean floor. Gorgeous.

Each programme hops back and forth between a couple of locations, highlighting different types of dolphin or whale at interesting moments. So we follow a young bottlenose from infancy to the moment when he leaves the pod as an adult; watch dolphins using sonar and team-tactics to hunt; see males giving females garlands of delicate seaweed; even admire the animals' surfing skills as they repeatedly catch breakers along the shoreline - seemingly just for the fun of it. Each episode contains dozens of 'wow' moments, but best for me were the shots of the killer whales co-operating to catch a meal (potentially a bit distressing for sensitive viewers...), and the sharks-infested fish feast. Loved seeing a really rare humpback dolphin, too, with its weirdly beautiful tail fin.
The team also filmed a 2000-plus gathering of dolphins, one of the rarely-seen mega-pods. Even the spy-cams couldn't really do this justice: we see a couple of dozen animals in shot and a lot of murky movement in the background. The above-water sequences of dolphins spinning and racing cargo ships, or underwater shots of them chasing bubbles are much more successful.
Some of the filming comes from the now familiar 'spy cams' camouflaged as a turtle, baby dolphin, giant clam, squid, etc. To be honest, this theme has worn a bit thin for me and I'd prefer to see less film of the cutesy cameras, and more of the actual animals. Get the impression the film-makers are rather too much in love with their toys. I kinda wanted them all to get eaten (the best footage appears to come from traditional cameras anyway). I forgive them, because the rest of each hour is beautifully edited, and comes with an informative, wryly-delivered commentary.

Spy in the Pod is more about entertainment than it is about education: there is some factual info but mainly it showcases (beautifully) the natural behaviour of wild dolphins rather than scientifically analysing their physiology or interactions. The footage is all action filming on location; no diagrams, CGI or world maps, even. There's no need - the two hours passes by in a flash, just gawping at these compelling animals in the wild.
A total treat.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 9 Jan. 2014
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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very entertaining educational for the young ones they love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 April 2015
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Wonderful footage. Great info. And David Tennant-----what's not to like??????
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 25 May 2014
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Ruth W "Fernsong" (Haute-Vienne, France) - See all my reviews
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After watching this series on TV, I knew who else would love it but wouldn't have had the chance to see it!
My Australian-dwelling daughter-in-law and grandaughter both LOVE dolphins and I knew this DVD would be very welcome in their household. I wasn't wrong...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Dec. 2014
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Son loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Dec. 2014
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Lovely DVD
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