Over the course of four years Maxwel scorn immersed himself in a remote lake on Vancouver Island to record the otherwise invisible life cycles of Western toads. The hours of breathtaking film material culminate in the award-winning short film “Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration“That records the evolution of tiny amphibians from tuberous swimmers – Mockery notes how the animals are constantly smiling at this stage – into fully formed toads.
Since the ecosystem is incredibly fragile, the Canadian videographer explains his precautionary measures so as not to disturb the environment. This includes traversing water lily trails created by beavers and swimming on the surface to prevent the mud covering the bottom of the lake from clouding the water. “Seeing these aquatic tadpoles transform into land animals before my own eyes were humiliating and heartwarming,” he says.
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