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Nat Geo Wild uncovers animal superpowers with Windfall Films

Published: 4 May 2012

Nat Geo Wild has commissioned Windfall Films to produce Animal Superpowers. Hosted by actor Sir Patrick Stewart, this documentary series investigates the incredible superpowers of nature’s deadliest animals; from shape shifting octopuses that change the colour of their skin in an instant to salamanders that have the alien-like ability to re-grow lost limbs.

The series premieres on Thursday, 3 May at 18:00 on Nat Geo Wild (DStv channel 261).

The series uses a mix of action-packed location filming following intrepid scientists tracking and catching these extraordinary animals, footage of extreme animal behaviour, and CGI animation to explore the creatures’ anatomy and biology. Stewart hosts the series in an immersive CGI-enhanced ‘Animal Ark’, that allows him to interact with detailed virtual models of the creatures to explore the science behind their incredible powers.

In the episode titled 'Extreme Hunters', the teams of scientists explore the super senses of nature’s most successful hunters – the hammerhead shark, python, pit viper and the sperm whale. Pioneering experiments and CGI-animation reveal the secrets of these creatures’ astonishing talents, including the hammerhead shark’s ability to sense the minute electric fields given off by living creatures, which they use to hunt prey.

Other episodes include 'Extreme Killers', which reveals the real-life superpowers of the alligator, peregrine falcon and the army ant; and 'Extreme Survivors', exploring the science behind the survival skills of the octopus, electric eel and the salamander.

Animal Superpowers is a Windfall Films production for Nat Geo Wild. The series is executive produced by Carlo Massarella and David Dugan and produced and directed by Tom Cook and Roeland Doust for Windfall Films. The series was commissioned by Geoff Daniels for Nat Geo Wild.
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