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Richard Hammond reveals secret animal abilities from the natural world, and discovers how those same animals have inspired a series of unlikely human inventions at the very frontiers of science.

Unfortunately for Hammond, that journey will involve diving to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, driving a car pursued by geese, and leaping 500 metres off a South African cliff.

In this first episode, he discovers how the Cape vulture has inspired a flying submarine; how a giraffe's neck can stop a jet pilot losing consciousness; how a woodpecker's skull can safely protect a light bulb dropped from space; and how a South American butterfly holds the secret to making any mobile phone waterproof.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 6 Dec 2012 00:45
BBC One Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland HD only


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerAlice Keens-Soper
Series ProducerGraham Booth
DirectorGraham Booth
ActorRichard Hammond