The Wild Side

Genre: Adventure
Actors: Jenn Brown

Once we saw them as gods

these soaring spirits of the sea.

How else to explain their

boundless grace and energy,

the way they inspire our joy.

Today, dolphins seem

like part of the family.

They enchant us with their

willingness to please and perform.

But the dolphin's true home - the sea

is an alien world and here

a different side emerges.

Cunning, powerful and relentless,

dolphins are consummate predators.

They are social creatures that

communicate and cooperate

for danger can strike from anywhere.

The quest for prey, the quest for mates,

nothing comes easy out here.

For the ocean is as unforgiving

as it is boundless.

Join us as we explore the world

of dolphins in the wild.

In the salt marshes of South

Carolina is a rich ocean estuary

a nursery for fish and shellfish

and a lure for all kinds

of predators.

Every day as

the tide ebbs,

the broad mud banks

become exposed.

It is then an extraordinary

event occurs.

Seabirds vie for

a front row position.

They have an intense

interest in what is to come.

The predators regroup

for another coordinated attack.

These are bottlenose dolphins

among the most inventive

and intelligent

hunters in the sea.

Here they locate schools of

small fish in the turbid channels.

Then in a stunning maneuver,

they rush up the mudflats

creating a bow wave

that drives the fish ashore.

Using their excellent

above-water vision,

they snatch up the fish

stranded on the banks.

How dolphins locate

the schools of fish

and coordinate their

attack is not entirely known

They may use either audible

or visual signals

For some reason

the dolphins always rush up

the banks on their right side

Over time

the teeth on that side will

actually be worn down from

chewing as much mud as fish


they will work themselves

completely out of the water

Being stranded up

here could be fatal

As they shimmy up the mud

banks it's almost as

if they're evolving into

the land creatures they once were

Some fifty million years ago

the ancestors

of these air-breathing

mammals ventured

into the seas

To follow dolphins

in the wild is to discover

one of the most remarkable

adaptations in the natural world

They use their intelligence

to survive

changing or inventing strategies

to suit their environment

Spinner dolphins leap in what

appears to a display of exuberance

In fact,

they may be signaling

others to join them,

or coordinating

movements of the pod...

A kind of long

distance communication.

At close range,

dolphins "speak" through

clicks and whistles.

These signals can

mean anything from

"Food's over here" to "Watch out!

There's danger!"

They also communicate

through touching.

Dolphins are notoriously affectionate

and extremely sensuous.

When dolphins mate,

they swim in rhythm

with the female on top.

Sex is as frequent

as it is casual.

It's not always

for reproduction

Often it's a social tool

used to strengthen

and maintain bonds

Whether old or young

male or female - all dolphins

engage in caressing and petting

But beneath this veneer

of harmony

lies a darker side...

marked by conflict and violence

Surprisingly the

beloved bottlenose we know

as "Flipper" may be the

most aggressive dolphin species

In the Bahamas

two male bottlenose harass

a male spotted dolphin

At first the interaction

seems harmless enough

but it quickly escalates

The bottlenose take

turns assaulting

the spotted perhaps

to assert their dominance

Next they turn on a spotted

dolphin half their size

It's only a calf

Bottlenose are among the

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Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is best known as a documentary film director whose works include the trilogy titled The Decline of Western Civilization. She has directed feature films, including Wayne's World, her highest-grossing film. more…

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