A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Humans and animals need to share the beach with each other respectfully.
Violence & Scariness
Some seals fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of mating talk. The narration gets a little edgy at times, referring to "cute chicks," "hooking up," and "getting sex" when talking about animal mating practices. A gray seal birth is shown; there's some blood.
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Parents Need to Know
The doc begins with the journey of a sea turtle to the shore, where she lays her clutch of eggs, then buries them in the sand. It compares the human experience of the beach, with its games, snacks, and outfits, to the animal world's relationship to coastal waters. It does offer a little history on human beach tourism, which actually began as early as the 1700s. Beaches from Antarctica to Australia are highlighted, and the life cycles of a few different animals, notably gray seals, are shown. The narration gets a little edgy at times, referring to "cute chicks," "hooking up," and "getting sex" when talking about animal mating practices. A gray seal birth is shown; there's some blood. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The comparison of humans and animals at the beach is a little thin, but this film swiftly jumps from subject to subject, giving a well-rounded view of a beach's ecosystem. Tides, blowing sand, and plant growth all affect the animal life dwelling near the water and nearby dunes, and while the presentation can be dry (literally); there's lots to learn from here. The cinematography is excellent, and footage of all kinds of creatures will be a treat for anyone curious about the seaside beyond fish and chips.
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