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Ants: Nature’s Secret Power

They have inhabited our planet for millions of years, and yet no living creature seems more alien to us. Award-winning cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and Bert Hoelldobler, a leading ant authority, bring us face-to-face with the mysterious world of these social insects. Special macro film technology introduces us into the fascinating world of ants as no film did before.

In this excerpt  a giant ant colony is pumped full of concrete, then excavated to reveal the complexity of its inner structure.

To watch the whole video: Ants: Natures Secret Power

(to watch directly on youtube: Giant Ant Colony Revealed)

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9 Responses to “Ants: Nature’s Secret Power”

  1. Nancy says:

    This is horrible and shows how humans disrespect other species. I am very disgusted that you would feature this here.

    “…if you do not have a loving concern for the environment in which you dwell, it will no longer sustain you – you will not be worthy of it. You will not be destroying the planet, you see. You will not be destroying the birds, or the flowers, or the grain, or the animals. You will not be worthy of them, and they will be destroying you.”
    Seth, Seth Speaks.

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  2. Mar says:

    I agree with Nancy; although it’s amazing to see, I can only assume a whole colony of ants was wiped out to film this. Was the colony possibly abandoned? That I could accept. But to simply destroy a whole colony for human ‘interest’ is appalling. They knew before they ever went in that what they would find would be extraordinary. Why can’t that be enough??

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  3. Julie says:

    I agree with Seth. This is a clear invasion of the their environment and lives.. While I was watching this, I just kept asking, “And why are they doing this??” Simply to know… Just Know that you are destructive and awful. Leave Nature Alone! Geez! Do we need to destroy everything just for something to do? Sigh.

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  4. Helen says:

    I also agree – the first thing that came to mind on seeing this was, “what happened to all those ants?” Destroying a world full of living beings can’t be right, no matter how valuable the knowledge gained – and this was more for a sensation than to gain information that would help the world. It almost makes me sick – and I don’t even like ants!

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  5. Tatiana says:

    How sad to watch this video. So many lives destroyed by a bunch of scientists wanting to see the beauty of the ants´creations.
    Every life is precious, and the disrespect for other forms of life is absolutely despicable. I didn´t like it at all!!!

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  6. Iain says:

    I’m with you guys – if the colony was killed in the making of this documentary, it is despicable.

    However…

    The film maker Bert Hölldobler is totally passionate about ants and has dedicated his life to understanding them …so I’m pretty sure the ant colony was abandoned before the cement was pumped in.

    This source says it was abandoned –

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/animals/news-beware-ants

    This source talks about the documentary and mentions “The ants do not build permanent nests, but are essentially nomadic, following their mealybug herds”

    http://blog.wildaboutants.com/2012/03/05/bert-holldobler-and-ants-natures-secret-power/

    But if I’m wrong – sorry.

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  7. Tatiana says:

    Iain, I doubt the colony was abandoned, if you watch carefully, you can see the ants entering their home carrying leaves.

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  8. Alfie says:

    While sad to see the ants die i believe it is truly awe inspiring to see one of Gods creations and how he designed them. To see the immensity of their labyrinthine construction is to see the immensity and awe of God Himself. It REVEALS to us that the possibility that the collective ants could build such a structure on a scale that is nearly unimaginable by man that we too have such potential to do even greater things.

    If one cannot see the wisdom in this then one will remain forever bound by the very imagination that could conceive such great and marvelous feats.

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  9. Eliud Walutsachi says:

    Ants are a delicacy in my community, i thought, the discussion was about it nutritive value.
    Eliud

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