BBC's Blue Planet DVD--It may rock your world
So my main point is actually that we've loved seeing many dvds in the BBC's "Blue Planet" series. The underwater photography in particular is incredible with all the beautiful fish, coral and weird creatures they discover cruising along the ocean. However, a few days ago, I was genuinely disturbed when we saw the dvd on the Ocean's Coasts. The "natural" world is simply harsh and cruel. Every single living organism is out there to kill and eat and then try, typically unsuccessfully--especially in these nature videos--from being eaten itself. A rather sad scene was when hundreds of sea turtles went to an island to lay a bunch of eggs in the spring. About 9 weeks later, hundreds of cute mini sea turtles appeared and all made a mad dash for the ocean. They were out of luck, however, because every single predator on the island (thousands of birds and alligators even) were all simply waiting for them and ate 80% of them right there on the spot. It was painful to see.
However, this was nothing compared to the evil Killer Whales. After seeing how elephant seals birth their young and teach them to practice swimming in the ocean tide, we then see how Killer Whales wait for these young pups in shallow waters and then attack. But once they have a pup, they don't kill it, but instead carry it off into the middle of the ocean and, gruesomely, toss it around in the air--often for over half an hour--until it dies. And even then the tossing and flipping up in the air continues on. The narrator said that scientists think the whales may be teaching their young how to hunt. But he admitted it often seems to go beyond this into a form of sadistic (to humans I suppose) play. We all know how humans are messed up. BBC's Blue Planet provides an indictment of the animals too