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Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful

David Attenborough reveals how Tasmania’s isolation and unique climate have created a world that is as weird as it is wonderful.

David Attenborough reveals that the animal inhabitants of Tasmania's vast wilderness are every bit as extraordinary as they are bizarre. Unearthly calls of the notorious Tasmanian devil echo through the land, but following them over the course of a year reveals a surprisingly gentle side.

In the dry east, rare white wallabies graze on the plains, and jack jumper ants build huge nests – these venomous ants are amongst the most dangerous on earth. In the west, where it can rain nearly every day of the year, caves light up with the magical spectacle of thousands of glow-worms, and the trees are 100-metre towering monsters. Rivers are home to the peculiar platypus and world’s largest freshwater invertebrate, the Tasmanian giant lobster. Miniature penguins come ashore to breed, and as winter approaches, the southern lights dance in the sky. Tasmania’s isolation and unique climate have created a world that is as weird as it is wonderful.

59 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive Producer Stephen Dunleavy
Director Matt Hamilton
Narrator David Attenborough

Broadcasts

  • Sun 31 Mar 2019 21:00
  • Sun 31 Mar 2019 22:00
  • Sat 6 Apr 2019 19:30
  • Fri 19 Apr 2019 01:15

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