The Seahorse Man

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Nature Documentary hosted by Andrew Bennet, published by RTE in 2011 - English narration

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The Seahorse Man Seahorses are one of the most beguiling species of marine life on the planet, but what do we really know about them? One thing is known - these beautiful creatures are under threat and their numbers are dwindling steadily. Something has to be done to save these exotic creatures that live in some of the world's warmest oceans. That something is happening in, of all places, Ireland. The Seahorse Man is the fascinating, heartbreaking but ultimately hope-affirming story of the charismatic Irish marine biologist Kealan Doyle and his dogged attempt to save an extraordinary species from extinction. Filmed on location in Connemara, Dublin, China and Indonesia, this is a business story with a decided twist - despite his lack of commercial experience, Doyle emerges as a uniquely driven individual. He started up Seahorse Ireland, an extraordinary company founded in the least likely location - a backwater fishing village that Doyle and his team envisage as the future seahorse capital of the world.

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The first programme in this four part series traces the startup of Seahorse Ireland - an extraordinary company founded in the least likely location - a backwater fishing village which they envisage as the future seahorse capital of the world. Spanning the company's first two years in business, we follow Doyle and Maher as they struggle to perfect the breeding process, eventually attracting a host of innovation awards and huge media attention in the summer of 2003.

[edit] Not Waving, Drowning

Programme two follows the seahorsemen in the aftermath of huge media attention as they encounter technical difficulties, funding problems and the vagaries of investors. With debts beginning to spiral, Kealan loses his financial backer and his business partner as the company begins to fall apart. After five years in business, Doyle's future now hinges on a final tranche of agency funding, but there's no guarantee he'll get it.

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Programme three traces the final days of Seahorse Ireland. In a last desperate attempt to save the company, Kealan strikes a deal with a new investor and opens a seahorse wholesale outlet at the Red Cow industrial estate in West Dublin. But it's too late. Mired in debt, Seahorse Ireland goes under, and Kealan is forced to relocate to Dublin with the last of his breeding stock.

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In this final programme, Seahorseman chronicles the remarkable resurgence of Kealan Doyle's fortune. With the unprecedented success of his new tropical fish business, he decides to restart the breeding programme on a larger scale, restocking his tanks with a new variety of seahorse. We now follow him on an extraordinary fact-finding visit to China and Indonesia, where he experiences the devastating effects of the seahorse trade at first hand - returning with new stock and a renewed sense of his mission in life.

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  • Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
  • Video Bitrate: 1778 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720x 416
  • Video Aspect Ratio: (16:9)
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s AC3 48000 Hz
  • Audio Streams: 2
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 25mins (Extra = 46mins)
  • Number Of Parts: 5
  • Part Size: Parts 350 MB (Extra = 746 MB)
  • Source: DVD
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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