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Migrations: The Big Swim

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Informative documentary about migration for older kids.

TV Max Educational 2021
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As far as nature documentaries go, this one checks a lot of boxes, but it is quite heavy on the discussion of animal sexual habits. Talking about mating or breeding comes across as kinda creepy when it's referred to as a turtle's "sex life." Why is it that their fertilization process is outlined in graphic human terms? On one hand, it's "relatable," but on the other, it's a little much for younger kid viewers.

There are poetic moments, as in the opening scene when the narrator wonders if migrating animals "follow a map born of DNA." Also lovely is the detailing of the important role decaying salmon play in nourishing the fresh-water forests when they die, tying together a great circle of life. But the gaffes regarding the "sex life" of these creatures distract -- and ultimately disappoint.

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