Coastal Animals

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Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Chris Packham presents the series that examines Britain from an animal's point of view. Each week he encounters an elite group of five animals each of which senses the world in a very different way. By understanding their needs, problems and histories on these islands, Chris reveals what they make of modern Britain - and its humans.

This time Chris looks at coastal animals. Chris investigates why the waters and coastlines of the UK are the most popular places in the world for two of our coastal species: the grey seal and the Manx shearwater. He also makes a stand for an animal that he considers much misunderstood - the British gull. And he meets two animals which have truly extraordinary ways of sensing Britain's coastal environments - the shore crab which finds its way around by smelling through its feet; and the bottlenose dolphin which can identify a fish at 200 paces in the pitch black, using echolocation.

  • Manx Shearwater Chick

    Manx Shearwater Chick

    The Manx Shearwater nests almost exclusively in The UK & Ireland – and yet the majority of British humans have never heard of them, let alone actually seen one.
    That's not surprising given the adults only return to their nests at night.
    Chris meets the cuddly chicks that the adults are returning to feed.

  • Bottlenose Dolphins

    Bottlenose Dolphins

    Chris is splashed by bottlenose dolphins just feet away in the Moray Firth, Scotland.
    He discovers how the dolphins use sound to 'see' Britain's waters.

  • Grey Seal

    Grey Seal

    Astonishingly, over half of the world's grey seals are found along the British coastline.
    In the crystal clear waters of the Scilly Isles, Chris gets amazingly close to these sea mammals and reveals exactly why a seal likes nothing better than one of Blighty’s thousands of secluded, tiny islands.


Chris Packham
Chris Packham
Series Producer
Paul Bradshaw
Series Producer
Paul Bradshaw


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