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Life - with David Attenborough

David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Life features extraordinary footage of some of the most unusual creatures, and behaviour, on the planet.

First broadcast: Monday 19 Oct 2009 on BBC ONE. Life has been repeated across the BBC, and can also be seen on the subscription channels Eden and Yesterday.

Episode Guide

Hunters and Hunted

Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted. In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands does something unique: it sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea.

Slow-motion cameras reveal the star-nosed mole's newly-discovered technique for smelling prey underwater: it exhales then inhales a bubble of air ten times per second. Young ibex soon learn the only way to escape a fox - run up an almost vertical cliff face - and young stoats fight mock battles, learning the skills that make them one of the world's most efficient predators.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Primates Primates are just like humans... Read more
Plants As ingenious as any animal... Read more
Creatures of the Deep Life under the waves. Read more
Hunters and Hunted Everyone's hungry. Everyone's lunch. Read more
Insects You think there's a lot of people? There's a lot more insects. Read more
Birds On the wing. Read more
Fish Back under the water for a meeting with fish. Read more
Mammals The mammals rule the surface of the planet Read more
Reptiles & Amphibians A toad that rolls into a ball. A lizard that walks on water. Dragons which strip a carcass. Read more
Challenges Of Life Starting the series, David Attenborough introduces creatures for whom survival is a dailt struggle. Read more

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