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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 #1 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #2 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #3 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #4 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #5 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #6 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #7 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #8 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #9 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities 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 #10 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 41 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E1
#11 - Virgin Birth
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 1

Sir David Attenborough reveals more of nature's most amazing animals. Looking at the way female Komodo dragons and aphids reproduce.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 31 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E5
#12 - Bad Reputations
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 5

In Bad Reputations, we’ll see how the gorilla and the vampire bat both gained frightening reputations when first discovered by explorers and scientists.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 17 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E10
#13 - Magical Appearances
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 10

Magical Appearances explores how swallows magically appear each spring and asks how did complex and beautiful insects like butterflies suddenly arrive in the summer.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 21 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S1E3
#14 - Young Wrinklies
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 3

David encounters two examples where Nature has tinkered with the aging process to alarmingly different effect – the first grows old while trapped in a young body while the second looks old from birth but might hold the key to a long life.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 44 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S4E6
#15 - Ferocious Fighters
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 6

The Siamese Fighting Fish is so aggressive it will fight its own reflection until it is exhausted. Recent research shows that the fighting behaviour varies and depends on the personality of the fish! Male kangaroos were once pitted against humans in the boxing ring – the most impressive male kangaroos are solid blocks of muscle with a kick that can kill. Why do they fight and what skills must a winner have?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 15 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E3
#16 - Life in the Dark
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at the eyes of squid and owls and how they've managed to maximise their vision.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 28 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E9
#17 - Strange Parents
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 9

Sir David Attenborough shines the spotlight on nature's most amazing animals. Looking at female hyaenas and why male seahorses give birth.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 24 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S1E2
#18 - A Curious Hoax?
7.94
Season 1 - Episode 2

David discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery but have ultimately helped us rethink evolution. When early explorers brought the first specimen of a duck-billed platypus back to England in 1799, it was thought so bizarre it was deemed a hoax, while the midwife toad became the centre of a raging scientific storm in the 1920s that led to accusations of fakery.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 48 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S1E1
#19 - Stretched to the Limit
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 1

Some animals appear to have taken Nature’s gifts and stretched them to extreme limits. With these two natural curiosities one creature, the giraffe, has ended up with a super-stretched neck, the other, the chameleon, a super stretchy tongue. In both cases nature has found a way to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 51 votes.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities - S2E2
#20 - Armoured Animals
7.84
Season 2 - Episode 2

Sir David Attenborough tells us about some amazing animals. Focusing on the rhino and hedgehog, which have developed thick skin to protect them.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities from 31 votes.

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