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Creatures of the Sun ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB523259
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Tim Latchem, Kent Martin, Don Haig, Isobel Marks
Directors:  Susan Trow
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, Nature, Science
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1997
Running Time:  24:17
Closed Captions:  Yes

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The popular image of the turtle as a slow and steady plodder that somehow
manages to win the race isn't too far from the truth. One of the world's
oldest creatures, it has endured through 200 million years, thanks to its
tough, adaptable body and behaviour. The turtle's survival has never been in
question--until now. The Painted Turtle can be found throughout much of North
America, in freshwater shallows that have an abundance of aquatic vegetation.
Long considered expendable places, these wetlands are now recognized as being
immensely rich ecosystems that are essential in maintaining nature's balance.
But they are rapidly being destroyed by human activity. Enter the intriguing
world of the Midland Painted Turtle, and follow it across the four seasons,
through hibernation, mating, birth and death. An engaging, affectionate
profile that will inspire admiration for this funny, durable animal and
respect for the precious, fragile ponds and marshes where it makes its home.

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