Wolverine X

2013, Nature  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 8.76/10 from 79 users.

Finland's forests hide a mysterious creature - a dark shadow that has produced a comic book character. This X-beast is a wolverine, a powerful carnivore with a mythical fame. Wildlife tracker and photographer, Antti Leinonen, has spent 19 years in the wilderness of Finland and he built up an unexpected image of one delicate, untamed community.

He used every deceit to get a glimpse in the life of these secretive animals, a life that most of us can only hope of ever seeing... a life which is cheerful, quite and intensely unsafe. Through his astonishing approach this documentary is the first of its kind, exposing the wolverine in a way never before seen. It is time to disclose the reality about the Wolverine X.

Unsociable, hazardous, and gory predators... at least that's the commonly held opinion. Disliked by the public, wolverine numbers have plummeted to precariously low levels, and that's why Antti dedicated 19 years to their story. 50,000 working hours and some ingenious technology started to give results. Spending lots of time hidden in the hide is the only way to observe wild wolverines. Antti knows one Wolverine family very well and we will follow them over their ups and downs in a year when they see both tragedy and a hope for the future.

Over the years his total commitment has built up an impressive photographic record. It's valuable data that can help secure the future for these animals. What makes Antti's work so special is that these Wolverines are completely wild and very curious.

Four masked hides continuously relocated around the wilderness ensure a good spot for observing any wolverine action. The wolverine doesn't see well but he does have an extraordinary sense of smell, so Antti with his cameras and lenses needs to be very careful, not disturbing their ultra-sensitive noses. Then there's endless endurance and patience.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. hYphenK

    Pretty hilarious that it is a documentary of a Finnish guy observing Finnish nature and I can't watch this in Finland.

  2. Jehovah

    Beautifully shot documentary - it's interesting to find out that wolverines maintain their generational ties. (Can't help myself... the bear cubs were darling;)

  3. EquityTryce

    Being half-Finnish myself, I was in for a double treat. I love all things nature documentaries. It was also nice to see some wilderness footage of my mother's country. Good Doc.

  4. gaboora

    Great film about a creature who is respected by the man doing groundbreaking research about it.

  5. Fabien L

    Great doc, thumbs up to Antti Leinonen for the years spent creating it.

  6. Dean Libey

    Impressive. Enlightening. In-depth, worth while. first time to see a wolverine. Watch this doc!

  7. Paul Ellis

    I have only seen a wolverine once in my life ... So this is truly a
    magnificent Doc....very well filmed ...

  8. Rodney Bresch

    "but a hasty retreat is a good way to avoid conflict...when you've already had your fill." This translates into, "damn i wish i could have captured him taking that bear out on film." And yep...me too lol.

  9. Rodney Bresch

    I loved the doc and appreicate the work being done here...wolverines are very interesting creatures.

  10. User_001

    One of the best docs I've seen on any remote wild life animal in a long time! Great job with images, narration and dialog.

    Thank you so much for making this doc.

  11. Terry "OldFox" Seale

    Excellent! Thank you.

  12. goodkat

    I love wolverines! Great documentary, very good footage. And what a mystic animal :) I really recommend it