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The Gathering Swarms 

From PBS - A look at some of the planet's great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers - sometimes in millions, billions, and even trillions. Included are bats ... See full summary »

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John Downer
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Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
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From PBS - A look at some of the planet's great gatherings, creatures that come together in inconceivable numbers - sometimes in millions, billions, and even trillions. Included are bats and bees, locust and ants, monarch butterflies in Mexico, 17-year cicada hatches, grunion in the Sea of Cortez and carp in the Mississippi River, sardine runs off the coast of South Africa, super flocks of parakeets in the Australian Outback, mayflies on the 4th of July, and even penguins and wildebeest. Some gather to breed or to migrate, some for protection, some simply to keep warm in the cold. But in the process, a kind of super-organism is created in which individual intelligence is superseded by a collective consciousness that shares information and moves with a single purpose for the benefit of all. Check out swarm intelligence, essentially a living embodiment of social media in the natural world. Written by Anonymous

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21 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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This Documentary Wasn't Called "The Gathering Swarms" For Nothing
6 February 2016 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

From bees, to bats, to butterflies, to birds (and beyond) - If there's one thing that all of these (and many other) critters seem to like to do - That is to "swarm" (and oftentimes it's done by the millions, or even by the billions).

This fairly impressive Nature Series documentary from PBS takes the viewer on a trip to numerous locations around the globe where they are given an up-close look at some of the planet's greatest gatherings (swarms) of all.

These are the places where some creatures swarm together in order to breed or to migrate, some for protection (safety in numbers), and some to simply keep warm from the bitter cold.

Featuring plenty of excellent camera-work and informed narration - "The Gathering Swarms" is certainly well-worth a view for anyone who might be interested in watching some truly bizarre behaviour patterns where collective consciousness prevails over individual intelligence.

This DVD presentation has an approximate running time of only 1 hour.


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