Se­cret lives of the pod

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - BRIT­TANY STACK The Dol­phins of Shark Bay, ABC1, tonight, 7.30pm

BI­OL­O­GIST Janet Mann has been track­ing a dol­phin named Puck, which lives in West­ern Aus­tralia’s Shark Bay, for more than 20 years.

She de­scribes Puck, her favourite dol­phin, as ‘‘ a dare­devil, bold and coura­geous, and a great mother’’.

This heart-warm­ing doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Puck, the ma­tri­arch of the Beachie fam­ily of dol­phins and her fam­ily over six months.

The story be­gins when Puck gives birth to her sixth calf, Samu.

We see Samu’s first ten­ta­tive swim and hear Puck’s re­as­sur­ing calls as he finds his voice and de­vel­ops his own sig­na­ture call.

When tiger shark at­tacks dra­mat­i­cally in­crease, the Beachie fam­ily is on edge and Samu is in par­tic­u­lar dan­ger, as al­most 50 per cent of calves don’t sur­vive to their third year.

A World Her­itage re­gion, Shark Bay is one of the most breath­tak­ing marine ar­eas on Earth, which nat­u­rally makes for im­pres­sive cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

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