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Nick Baker's Weird Creatures

Nick Baker searches for some of nature's Weird Creatures - from an elusive armadillo that swims through sand dunes, to a lizard that squirts blood from its eyes. For Nick, these are the unsung heroes of evolutionary biology. From scuba diving in Lake Titicaca to a rickety ultralight above the Argentinean desert, Nick's journeys are adventurous
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Episodes

  1. S1 E1 - Blood Squirting Lizard
    January 12, 2007
    47min
    7+
    Nick heads to cowboy country, southeast Arizona, in search of the horned lizard - a reptile with an amazing trick up its spiny sleeve. He discovers a whole range of life with spectacular defence mechanisms, but armed with a high-speed camera his target weird creature promises to deliver a literally eye-popping spectacle.
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  2. S1 E2 - Amazonian Vampire Fish
    January 19, 2007
    47min
    13+
    A blood-sucking vampire lives in the waters of the Amazon, one with a macabre reputation. The candiru is a tiny catfish that has been known to swim up the human urethra. Nick takes a riverboat lab down the rivers of southeastern Peru - his mission to lure and capture some candiru, and try to separate myth from science.
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  3. S1 E3 - Pink Fairy Armadillo
    January 26, 2007
    47min
    7+
    The world's smallest armadillo is highly elusive, and very peculiar. About 10cm long with looks like a door wedge, it lives in the sandy dunes of Western Argentina, and is very rarely seen even by those who live there. Nick travels the same Mendoza desert roads as Charles Darwin two centuries before, meeting guanacos and gauchos along the way, and trying all his trapping tricks to find a PFA.
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  4. S1 E4 - Saggy Skinned Frog
    February 2, 2007
    47min
    7+
    Nick takes on his biggest frogging challenge yet - a giant frog that lives underwater in one of the highest lakes in the world. Struggling with the lack of oxygen and faced with the risks of diving at altitude, this is Nick's most dangerous Weird Creatures mission.
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  5. S1 E5 - Croc From Mars
    February 9, 2007
    47min
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    Gharial are about the most peculiar, and endangered, species of crocodile on earth. Huge in size, but no threat to people, their need for clean, flowing rivers is at odds with much of northern India's rapid growth. Nick sets out to discover why gharial are so different from other crocs, and what humans are doing on both sides of the battle to save the Gharial from extinction.
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  6. S1 E6 - Basking Shark
    February 16, 2007
    47min
    7+
    A monster lurks just off the holiday beaches of Britain's west coast. The basking shark is the second biggest fish in the sea, and the UK is one of the best places to see them. Amazingly, for a creature the size of a London bus, we know very little about their biology and behaviour. Nick goes in search of the sharks, and the scientists working to unravel their mysteries.
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  7. S1 E7 - Star-Nosed Mole
    February 23, 2007
    47min
    7+
    In the boreal forest of Manitoba, Canada, Nick goes trapping for the fastest nose in natural history - the Star-nosed Mole. Its 22-tentacled nose enables it to find food at lightning speed - one reason that this mole has the energy to survive the freezing winters, even swimming beneath the ice, of the forests and marshes it inhabits.
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Content advisory
Foul language
Audio languages
English
Subtitles
English [CC]
Directors
Charlotte Jones
Producers
Andie ClareHarry MarshallLaura Marshall
Starring
Nick Baker
Studio
Icon Films
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