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Wildlife

Track: underwater feasts

Every year, Rob Torelli, famed spear fisherman from Melbourne, Australia, prepares for the opening of the abalone fishing season. In October the pressure mounts. He has to confront an obstacle of considerable size: the great white shark. Sabine is getting ready to join him, to share this unique and perilous moment. A few months later and a mere few cables lengths away, a fascinating spectacle is played out in secret below the water. Dozens, then hundreds and finally thousands of crabs gather together to assure their mutation. Sabine takes up a new challenge: make the rendezvous for this magical and exceptional event…

In the eye of the crocodile

In Madagascar, the tiny village of Ambalavuntaka lives in fear of killer crocodiles. For eight years, one or more creatures have been circling this tiny peninsula, isolated in the middle of the Pangalanes canal in the East of the country and each day they bring terror. In the last few years, five people have been eaten. As the canal is the only source of water, it’s impossible to lead a normal life… washing up, bathing or simply crossing the canal - all these simple, everyday acts have become a bold and risky adventure. They have stopped counting the number of cattle and poultry that have disappeared, victims of these fearsome predators. Too poor to buy a...

When the mermaids are singing

Inoffensive and difficult to observe, dugongs are mysterious creatures. Although often described as unsightly, a number of myths and legends are attached to them, earning them the name of Sirenian. Little known to humans, the mermaid of the sea is now an endangered species. However, contact with fishermen and Torres Straits Islanders has helped us to understand their ancestral practices and the reasons why they continue ritual hunting. With some gripping contributions from scientists, this documentary is a beautiful story that turns the myth into reality.