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Series exploring the hidden world of animals' senses. A look at how caribou use UV light to avoid wolves and how slow-motion vision helps dragonflies kill.

Our human senses are pretty incredible - but we only see, hear and smell a tiny fraction of what's out there. There is a hidden world that animals across the globe can experience.

This episode explores the extraordinary sense of sight in the animal world. We travel through the colours of the rainbow, across the spectrum of light our eyes can see - and beyond.

Presenters Helen Czerski and Patrick Aryee reveal how caribou use UV light to avoid wolves, discover how seeing in slow motion lets dragonflies make a kill in the blink of a human eye, and show how one animal can see in pitch-darkness - without using its eyes.

59 minutes

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Thu 2 Aug 2018 21:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Helen Czerski
Presenter Patrick Aryee
Series Producer Alex Williamson
Producer Kirstine Davidson
Director Kirstine Davidson
Executive Producer Tim Martin

Broadcasts

  • Tue 19 Aug 2014 20:00
  • Tue 19 Aug 2014 21:00
  • Wed 20 Aug 2014 23:20
  • Wed 20 Aug 2014 23:50
  • Fri 12 Sep 2014 09:05
  • Mon 24 Jul 2017 15:30
  • Thu 2 Aug 2018 21:00

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