2006 / 41 minutes
Did you know dolphins can use their echolocation – their own version of sonar – to tell what’s inside a sealed wooden box? They use this echolocation to not just find fish, but they might even use it to stun them!
The footage here is wonderful, diving down deep with these speedy swimmers. We also get close to them in the research pool where we get to learn how researchers are able to communicate back and forth using sign language. It comes out clearly, these are brilliant animals!
One oddity is that while the film’s producers are Christians, this is not a Christian presentation. God is never named and the closest thing to a religious reference comes at the end when we are invited to join them again next time as they again “journey into the kingdom of creation, a place where nature tells its own story and reveals to us wildlife’s incredible design.”
But if the documentary is sadly shy about naming the Creator and Designer, it is also thankfully free of any inserted evolutionary assumptions. Even as one amazing ability after another is shared, there’s no nod to millions of years or random chance as an explanation for how dolphins got so clever. It’s got none of that. So, what we do have here is, loads of wonder, no evolutionary foolishness, but also no glory given to the Creator.
As to the last missing element, viewers can bring that. This is a wonderful introduction to these astonishing swimmers, and you and your family won’t be able to not praise their Creator!
If you like it, you’ll be interested to know there are other episodes in this Explore the Wild Kingdom series that can also be watched for free. I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet myself, but share them here:
- Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies (50 min)
- Wildebeest: the great African migration (50 min)
- Lions: Kings of Africa (49 min)
- Golden River: Secrets of the Amazon (49 min)
- The Hidden world of Africa (49 min)
And you can watch Dolphins: Tribes of the Sea for free below.