Updated Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:25 pm
Inside Nature's Giants - Great White Shark
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 10 p.m.
The experts travel to South Africa to dissect a 15-foot-long great white shark. Comparative anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg uncovers the amazing array of senses the shark possesses, including the ability to detect the electro-magnetic field given off by other creatures. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans investigates the origins of the shark’s infamous killing bite, and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains how sharks’ teeth and jaws evolved from their outer skin and gill arches. Finally, the experts ask whether the shark deserves its reputation as a man killer.
INSIDE NATURE’S GIANTS reveals the evolutionary secrets and anatomical mysteries of some of nature’s largest animals — including the sperm whale, the python, lions and tigers, and the great white shark. Shot on location from South Africa to New Zealand and the Florida Everglades, INSIDE NATURE’S GIANTS brings together a virtual SWAT team of scientists — comparative anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg, veterinary scientist Mark Evans, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and biologist Simon Watts — who go in search of wildlife to explore, using their special skills.