Nature\'s Most Amazing Events S01E02 - Grizzly Wilderness
The return of the Pacific salmon every year to the rivers from which they were born is one of the greatest natural events on the planet.
More than half a billion salmon travel up to 20,000 miles to return to the exact patch of gravel in the river from which they were born, to spawn and die. Nature\'s Most Amazing Events travel to the west coast of Canada and Alaska to capture the salmon\'s return, along with the predators who eagerly await their plentiful prey.
In a TV first, the team folms the emergence of a mother grizzly and her cubs from their dens high in the snowy Alaskan mountains. Using a gyrostabilized aerial camera system, they are able to follow them down a near vertical slope as they make their way to the closest where the fresh new plant life first appears in the spring.
Using high speed cameras and a specially designed digital underwater kit, the team is able to record how the salmon swim upstream against powerful torrents. Filming at 100 times normal speed, they reveal how the salmon are able to leap over waterfalls equivalent to human jumping over a four story building. ut despite their monumental struggles, the salmon face a greater challenge up river dozens of hungry bears.
Slow motion shots of the bears reveal their hunting techniques, while the underwater cameras record another TV first to show how they use their ingenuity and some fancy footwork to collect dead salmon from the bottom of deep pools.
Release Type.....: HDTV
Series...........: Natures Most Amazing Events
Title............: Grizzly Wilderness
Production Code..: 102
Orig. Air Date...: 29 May 2009
Release Date.....: 29 May 2009
Source...........: 1080i HDTV
Video Format.....: XviD
Video Resolution.: 624x352
Video Bitrate....: 958 kbps
Video Framerate..: 24.975
Audio Format.....: MP3 VBR
Audio Bitrate....: 159 kbps average
Audio Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Each year at remote wilderness locations around the world, astonishing seasonal events take place that reveal the awesome power and grandeur of the planet\'s rich natural diversity. The six-hour high definition series NATURE\'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS, premiering on Discovery Channel on May 29, 30 and 31 from 8-10PM ET/PT each night, features explosive events of nature triggered by seasonal change and vast climate change. The series reunites BBC and Discovery Channel -- co-producers of PLANET EARTH, the most lauded natural history series in television history.
Each episode of NATURE\'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS focuses on a different natural event: the summer melt of ice in the Arctic, the annual salmon run in Canada, the flooding of the Okavango Delta in Africa, the huge annual bloom of plankton in the northern Pacific, the massive migration in East Africa\'s Serengeti plain, and one of the greatest marine spectacles on the planet -- the sardine run in South Africa. Filmed in 2007 and 2008, the series spotlights the incredible transformation of these wildly different landscapes and the intimate stories and dramatic interaction between the animals who occupy them, including some of the most dramatic wildlife confrontations and clashes ever recorded on film.
Episodes feature polar bears battling climate change; grizzly bear cubs emerging from winter dens to hunt salmon alongside equally hungry wolves; elephant herds struggling against drought and predators; one of the largest ocean feeding frenzies on the planet involving thousands of sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and enormous flocks of birds; and many more compelling scenes from the natural world.
To immerse viewers in never-before-seen details and perspectives, NATURE\'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS put to use innovative filming techniques and technologies utilized to acclaim for PLANET EARTH. Filmmakers employed time-lapse, ultra slow-motion, and macro photography, as well as newer technologies that allowed for filming under the toughest situations, such as rough seas and challenging flying conditions. But the series also depended upon the production team being in the right place at the right time -- often, teams lived in extraordinarily remote areas for up to two months, simply waiting for the perfect shot.
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