Wild Moves Series
Producer: Blue Ant Media
Grade Level: 6 - Post Secondary
Country of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 20:00
Closed Captions: Yes
A series of six short episodes explores the extraordinary mechanics of animals in super slow motion. Sense the power of a single bounce of a Red Kangaroo. Witness a Red-Eyed Tree Frog leap 20 times its body length. See how a Sugar Glider soars without wings. Watch the precision of a Harris Hawk's hunting skills. From the way a Chameleon can attack and swallow its food in the blink of an eye, to the graceful way a massive predator can cut through the air in between trees to stalk its prey, each episode examines an adaptation that’s key to each animal's survival.
Chameleon - The chameleon is one of nature's quickest predators. Its hunting skills can only be appreciated in super slow motion. This episode of Wild Moves showcases the power of the chameleon's secret weapon: its swift tongue. With more acceleration than a fighter jet, it can snag prey in the blink of an eye. This tongue was made to grab prey with a deathly grip. Its tip is shaped like a small suction cup that can hold up to a third of the chameleon's body weight. As if that wasn't enough strength, its saliva sticks to prey like heavy-duty glue. No prey can escape this little lizard.
Red Kangaroo - A kangaroo must cover extensive patches of land in the Australian Outback in search of food and water. A low-energy-cost method of locomotion is key for survival in this harsh environment. Luckily, this marsupial can bounce like no other. It can cover 25 feet in a single leap, moving at a top speed of 40 miles per hour. Even at a slower pace, its movements are a fascinating display of strength. When grazing, its tail works as a secret fifth leg, able to push the animal with more force than any other limb. This episode of Wild Moves reveals the tricks behind the kangaroo's powerful hop, at almost 1,000 frames per second.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog - The red-eyed tree frog is only 2 inches long, yet it can cross three feet in a single leap. That's 20 times its body length. A human would have to vault over three buses from a standing leap to match its skills. Its legs take up almost a quarter of its mass, and more than half its length. However, they’re not strong enough to produce such powerful hops. So how do they do it? In this episode of Wild Moves, super slow motion footage reveals the secret to their gravity-defying feats.
Sugar Glider - The sugar glider lives in the forest canopy. To adapt to its arboreal life, it developed the ability to fly without wings! It may not be able to create thrust or lift like a bird, but the sugar glider can fight the forces of gravity with a built-in parachute. A little flap of loose skin allows it to glide from tree to tree in search of sweet treats. This gliding membrane produces some wild moves –ones that can only be seen in super slow motion, in this episode of Wild Moves.
Flight Agility - Few skills are more impressive than the ability to fly. It requires more strength than any other form of locomotion. Birds have strong, heavy muscles to power their wing flap, but the rest of their body parts have adapted to shred any extra weight. A light frame is essential to fight the forces of gravity. However, to soar in the air birds need more than weight control. Speed and agility are both determined by the shape of the wing. In this episode of Wild Moves, a Harris Hawk displays the aerial maneuvers that only a superior set of wings are able to produce.
Hunting Skills - When a Harris Hawk sets its sight on a target, there's little hope for survival. This bird was built to hunt. Its vision is estimated to be eight times better than human eyesight. It can focus on small moving targets from as far as 20 feet away. The Harris Hawk can also process faster images than the average human, so prey can easily be intercepted at high speed. But what really makes this bird a precise predator is the ability to perform aerial maneuvers and kill prey with a quick touch of the talons. In this episode of Wild Moves, super slow-motion footage reveals the secrets to the Harris Hawk hunting techniques.
6 episodes, 3 - 5 minutes each on one disc.
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