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Swimming ants

Duration: 03:49

An ant colony in a mangrove swamp must constantly be repaired, and to get about the ants either walk on water or go for a swim. With all their scent trails washed away by the tide, ants have to communicate to figure out who is friend and foe.

Available since: Tue 23 Jun 2009

Credits

Key talent
David ATTENBOROUGH
Editor-in-chief
Mike SALISBURY
Producer
Stephen DUNLEAVY
Camera Operator
Keith BRUST
Camera Operator
Rod CLARKE
Camera Operator
Martin DOHRN
Camera Operator
Alastair MACEWEN
Camera Operator
Peter NEARHOS
Camera Operator
Tim SHEPHERD
Camera Operator
Gavin THURSTON

This clip is from

Life in the Undergrowth SUPERSOCIETIES

Some invertebrates overcome the limitation of their small size by banding together in huge numbers to form societies which operate like superorganisms

First broadcast: 21 Dec 2005

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