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CLIP 1629

An eagle and a cobra hunt for their prey

An eagle and a cobra hunt for their prey
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Key Info
  • An eagle and a cobra hunt for their prey
  • Duration: 00:15
  • How an eagle and a cobra use their vision to hunt and find their prey. Using images of an eagle flying, the narrator explains how an eagle can spot its prey from four miles away. We then see a hunting cobra. The presenter attempts to approach the cobra without it unleasing its venomous strike, which can kill in minutes. He explains how light-sensitive cells in the cobra's eyes tire in minutes if what they are looking at does not move. He demonstrates this by kneeling in front of the cobra and staying very still. When he moves away from the cobra it moves towards him in an attempt to attack.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Living Things in their Environments: Adaptation

  • Keywords: prey, predator, eagle, cobra, habitat, feeding, Darwin
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip could be used in a plenary session following a lesson about the human eye. From the clip comparisons could be made between the sight of a human, an eagle and a cobra. The clip could lead to discussions about why certain animals have and need different levels of sight. What would be the consequences if we changed how an animal could see; for example, if the eagle had the cobra's sight and the cobra had the eagle's sight.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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