8.5
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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

W 2013

Sir David shines the spotlight on some of nature’s evolutionary anomalies and reveals how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate.

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The 10 Best Episodes of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S4E2

#1 - Finding the Way

8.30

Season 4 - Episode 2

Some animals have an extraordinary ability to find their way. The dung beetle, an insect revered by ancient Egyptians, uses the sun, the moon and even the Milky Way to move its prized ball of dung in the right direction. Pigeons are often considered feeble birdbrains, but they have incredible memories that can recall several complex travel routes with amazing accuracy and they even use manmade roads and hedgerows to find the quickest way home.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S3E1

#2 - Impossible Feats

8.24

Season 3 - Episode 1

Fleas are supposed to be able to jump the equivalent of a human leaping over St. Paul’s Cathedral and cheetahs purportedly can clock speeds of 70 miles per hour. But are these claims really true? The discovery of the world's most elastic natural protein in insects and the development of a hi-tech tracking collar have helped reveal the truth. So can these creatures really achieve what should be physically impossible?

The episode was rated from 25 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S4E1

#3 - Animal Frankensteins

8.19

Season 4 - Episode 1

Hybrids can be bizarre and they can be deadly. We look at two hybrid animals that owe their existence to human interference – the pizzly bear (a cross between a polar bear and grizzly), which has come into being because of global warming, and the killer bee brought into existence because of the transfer of African bees to South America.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E7

#4 - Life on Ice

8.17

Season 2 - Episode 7

Emperor penguins and wood frogs have remarkable adaptations to survive the most challenging of conditions.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E6

#5 - Shocking Senses

8.15

Season 2 - Episode 6

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that we find hard to fathom in our world of only five senses. We learn about how naturalists found out some eels were electric.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S3E4
#6 - Curious Feeders
8.14
Season 3 - Episode 4

The blue whale and the flamingo both have bodies determined by their diet. Blue whales grow enormous by feeding on tiny shrimp-like creatures, while flamingos spend their lives eating with their heads upside down. Both are oddities in their own groups and yet both are curiously similar.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
#7 - Spinners and Weavers
8.13
Season 2 - Episode 8

Nature's inventiveness is expertly highlighted in the artistry of weaving and the unique properties of silk.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S1E4
#8 - A Curious Twist
8.07
Season 1 - Episode 4

The single spiral tusk of the narwhal inspiration for tales of unicorns and the myriad variations on the twist of the snail shell have delighted and fascinated naturalists and artists since the dawn of civilization.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E4
#9 - Curious Imposters
8.04
Season 2 - Episode 4

In Curious Imposters we look at cuckoos and the way the death's-head hawkmoth steals honey.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S1E5
#10 - Seeing the Pattern
8.02
Season 1 - Episode 5

Zebra stripes vary subtly between the different species but there is one group of animals that has evolved colourful patterns of seemingly infinite variety, the butterflies. In this episode David looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

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