My family and I had the privilege of watching the FishFlix.com Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth DVD for this review to use in conjunction with my own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.
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Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth is the third DVD from The Design of Life series by Illustra Media. Earlier this year I reviewed Flight AND Metamorphosis from them. This documentary series explores creation and helps make a scientific case for Intelligent Design. This is a step in a different direction than that of the usual Darwinian evolutionary science or scientific materialism documentaries that we have seen in the past. The Living Waters DVD goes into specific life in the waters of the Earth and tells us about the incredible complexity of their biological systems. First it talks about dolphins and their sophisticated use of echolocation, a type of sonar that can calculate the precise distance, shape, location, size, speed, direction, and internal structure of an object. Next it looks at sea turtles and the impressive navigation of the oceans with a natural magnetic compass inside these long distance travelers. Then it follows the Pacific salmon and their amazing sense of smell that aids them on their migration from the ocean back to their birth place in the stream beds. Lastly it mentions the Humpback Whales with their magnificent songs and ability to stay fertile underwater and in extreme conditions. This film is 68 minutes long and has a narrator and speakers in different scientific fields of expertise that talk throughout the films about each subject.
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My family are all fans of documentaries that teach about science and nature. Since my family is Christian we don't subscribe to the belief that humans came from monkeys. We follow the biblical approach of Intelligent Design. We love documentaries about science and nature that follow the same teachings.
Ocean life has always had a special place in my heart. My husband and I love cetaceans: dolphins, porpoises, and whales. When I was younger I wanted to be a cetologist and studied everything I could about them. I lived in Alaska some of the time of my youth and collected a scrapbook of newspaper clippings every time something would surface about them. I went to a touring museum exhibit in Anchorage that was featuring life size mechanical versions and a lot of neat information called, "Whales: Giants of the Deep". We used to live in Orlando, Florida and as soon as we moved there bought season passes to Sea World so that we could visit every chance we got with our three kids we had at the time. We have been whale watching here in Oregon, spent some of my time scuba diving and snorkeling in the ocean off of Curacao (a Dutch Island in the Caribbean), and my husband has swam with dolphins in Hawaii as well. They are such magnificent and intelligent creatures. I believe that there is so much that these creatures can teach us.
The Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth DVD from FishFlix.com is a wonderful documentary that explores rivers and oceans and the complex living things that reside there. As in the other DVDs of The Design of Life series this too has spectacular cinematography footage, wonderful computer animation, and great musical scores. These can be compared to something from National Geographic or the Discovery Channel. I love this type of high quality, family-friendly films and I cannot wait to see more of what FishFlix.com produces.
This DVD is great for Christian based homeschooling. I would highly recommend this for any Christian homeschool that is teaching about oceanography, marine biology, zoology, biology, or science in general, to their students. It has some very in depth information and computer graphics that show anatomy and physiology of the inner-workings of these animals. This is geared towards older children as younger ones might not grasp the meanings fully. My younger girls who are 4 and 7 were a little bored with the various intellects talking about natural selection, evolution, and intelligent design, but loved when they showed the footage of the animals. My boys who are 13 and 15 seemed to be fascinated with it all and learned a whole lot about the animals featured.
We did notice that there was no mention of God in this film other than the words Intelligent agent/designer. Even though this DVD goes into evolution and tells about it in depth, the scientists featured on this film make a strong case for intelligent design because of the complexity of everything and how things cannot just happen by chance. This film has further cemented our belief in Intelligent Design. God's creations are so intricate and incredible!
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