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The sheer volcanic cliffs and wind-swept tussocks of Antipodes Island form a breeding ground for many strange species that emit a weird cacophony of even stranger noises. The storms of the furious forties drive huge swells to lash the cliffs, and gales and rain batter the huge tussocks.

The wild citizens of Otago Peninsula have to share a coastline with man. For the fur seals, albatrosses, penguins, wading birds, and shags, co-existence is on man's terms. The programme examines the delicate balance of animal and man. This can create problems, but communication is improving.

The ecological balance on Enderby Island in the sub-Antarctic was completely overturned when man marooned cattle and rabbits there to provide food for shipwrecked mariners. In showing how the island adapted, this film clearly illustrates the tenuous nature of "ecological balance".

One animal is drawn to the same tiny patch of Antarctica at the same time every year to follow a strict timetable of mating and raising its young. Along with its 50,000 neighbours the Adelie Penguin must not ignore the rules of time and place. To do so would invite hazards for young and old alike.

Every summer the tiny sub-Antarctic Enderby Island becomes the breeding ground for the rare Hooker's sea lion. This film records all the drama and tragedy that unfolds during the short season -- the arrival and courtship of the adults, the young bulls battling for supremacy, the life and death struggle as the new born pups are confronted with a hostile world and the hazards they face before finally coming to terms with the ocean.

Duration Approx 131 minutes
All Regions - Regular 1.33:1 / 4:3 - Dolby Digital Mono - Colour - PAL
Number of discs: 1
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