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Fish behavior

Identifier: Film Collection no. 89

Scope and Contents

This remote broadcast from Gilgo Beach, Long Island, N.Y., is a discussion of fish behavior introduced by Eugenie Clark, research associate in the AMNH Department of Animal Behavior. The pros and cons of laboratory research versus field research are examined. A film of fish courtship behavior and fertilization is shown featuring acara and angel fish. Some unusual underwater camera shots illustrate the subject for this broadcast. Also shown is a film made by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, renowned oceanographer and underwater photographer, of elephant seals, sharks, rays, and turtles underwater. The segment discusses the use of the camera as an instrument to aid scientists studying aquatic life. The cameraman had barely escaped with his life while photographing the shark.


  • 1955


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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through inter-library loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Jan. 2, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Robert Northshield, writer; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; Dee Chandler, program coordinator; Perry Miller, film research; Vern Cheesman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, lighting; Al Mifelow, program assistant.

Fish behavior, 1955
Iris Lee
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Code for undetermined script
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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