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Dolphins of the Shadowland
One-off / one hour
Executive ProducerNeil Harraway
Production CompanyNHNZ./Geissendorfer Film- und Fernsehn Produktion
Stambeco D’Oro Trophy/Progetto Natura 1999, Italy, Prize for Scientific Content
It's almost impossible to study dolphins for extended periods of time in the open ocean. For this reason a pod of sixty bottlenose dolphins resident in New Zealand's Doubtful Sound provides a unique opportunity for scientists to improve our knowledge of these mysterious, appealing mammals.
Berlin-born researcher Karsten Schneider spent three years in this remote part of Fiordland studying the group, individual by individual. This compelling and at times surprising chronicle of his work reveals a matriarchal, highly communal society with a complex social order and way of life.