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The Trials of Life: Hunting and Escaping  (1990)

Famous killer whale hunting sequence

The fourth episode in David Attenborough's major animal behaviour series, The Trials of Life: Hunting and Escaping is an emotive and realistic account of predation in the animal kingdom.

An in-depth study into the animal world, Attenborough examines the cunning strategies a whole host of creatures use to elude capture, and the equally canny methods the deadliest predators employ. Skunks discharge their appalling odours, chimpanzees band together to hunt for colobus monkeys, and vipers kill using poison, while toad frogs blow up to twice their size to prevent being eaten.

Memorable footage documents killer whales launching themselves up the beach to capture sea lion pups, and sees them 'toying' with their victims before the final kill. Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC Natural History Unit, Attenborough investigates a wealth of marine, land and ornithological life, bringing to light the elaborate 'cat and mouse' games played by world's hunters, and the hunted.

Hunting and Escaping won the 1992 Wildscreen Festival Revelation award.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Dubbing Editor: Ian Butcher
Dubbing Mixer: Andrew Wilson
Executive Producer: Peter Jones
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Music Composer: George Fenton
Photography: Paul Atkins
Photography: Red Denner
Photography: Steve Downer
Photography: Kevin Flay
Photography: Mike deGruy
Photography: Alan Hayward
Photography: Mike Herd
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Photography: Ian McCarthy
Photography: Mike Richards
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Gavin Thurston
Photography: Andy Young
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Keenan Smart
Production Assistant: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Organisation: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Production Organisation: Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.
Research Assistant: Rupert Barrington
Series Researcher: Nick Upton
Sound: Lyndon Bird
Sound: Trevor Gosling
Sound: Graham Ross
Unit Manager: Rita Morris

Related links

The Trials of Life: Arriving (1990)
David Attenborough
Clips
Famous killer whale hunting sequence
Famous killer whale hunting sequence
Chimpanzee troop hunting colobus monkey sequence
Chimpanzee troop hunting colobus monkey ...
David Attenborough attacked by great skuas
David Attenborough attacked by great sku...
Bluffing with suprising alarm
Bluffing with suprising alarm
Stills
Killer whale hunting sea-lions on a beach in The Trials of Life: Hunting and Escaping
Killer whale hunting sea-lions on a beach...