The story of the bird on our $5 note.
Natural History New Zealand producer and cameraman Max Quinn on decades of documentaries.
No one knew that Kaikōura was home to the world’s only alpine-dwelling seabird until an amateur ornithologist following a rumour discovered its burrows high in the mountains. As the bizarre attributes and tenuous existence of the Hutton’s shearwater slowly came to light, Kaikōura took up the mantle of protecting its local bird—just in time to witness the destruction of its breeding grounds in the November 2016 earthquake.
Explore a Snares-crested penguin colony with 360 video.
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How do the top ten most extreme thinkers in the animal kingdom stack up against the smartest (and not so smart) humans in the world?
How do the top ten most extreme biters in the animal kingdom stack up against the world’s best (and worst) human teeth?
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Ian takes his 16-year-old son, Lee, on a volunteer shark research mission to meet the White Tips of Osprey Reef… face to face. Lee braves his first shark encounter and even acts as underwater cameraman for the researchers—but suffers a shark bit while tagging. But like father, like son, Lee doesn’t seem to have lost his nerve.
How do the top ten most extreme births in the animal kingdom stack up against the best (and worst) human labours?
Take cover as the deadly prowess of the world’s top ten Most Extreme Predators are revealed.
Think you’ve got a good sense of smell? Well stand by to get a taste of the top ten Most Extreme: Super Senses in the animal kingdom.
Are you a thrill-seeker? Well strap yourself in, because we’re going on a wild ride with animal adrenaline junkies as we count down the top ten Most Extreme: Daredevils in the natural world.
Ian dodges dynamite blasts to check out an unusual gathering of Pelagic Thresher sharks in waters off the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Normally ocean roamers, the sharks are found year round here circling the reef of an undersea mountain. Ian thinks they are using it as a cleaning station, and sets out to test his theory.
Great whites have a nasty reputation for unprovoked attacks on humans, but Ian believes they are thinking, social animals–not just cold killing machines. He takes us to Spencer Gulf, off the South Australian coast, where the sharks were filmed for the movie, Jaws, and he explains his theories on their hunting and social behaviour
Ian gets up close and personal with the deadly Mako at the Poor Knights Islands, 12 miles off the coast of New Zealand. Local residents fear new tourist shark diving operations are attracting more than their fair share of sharks—and that someone will be attacked. Ian tests that theory by leaving the shark cage to feed them first hand.
We travel to El Bajo, an underwater seamount in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, to witness the legendary Scalloped Hammerhead school reunion. But before this amazing spectacle is revealed, Ian and his crew must overcome storms, poor water visibility and difficult diving conditions. But finally he gets to witness the reunion, and hopes that the current population decline for the sharks can be reversed.
Ian takes us to the balmy isolation of the tropical Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to test the temperament of the little known Galapagos shark. He sets out to test his theory that, in spite of their aggressive reputation, these sharks are unlikely to attack unless provoked. Plus he takes some shark biology students along for the ride.
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