Moment of Impact (Part 1 – Hunters & Herds)
Sunday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
When animals of astounding ability connect with each other and the world around them, there is a “moment of impact.” The world is filled with these unique moments, like the violent collision of cheetah with gazelle, the blink-of-an-eye strike of a deadly snake and the amazing dexterity of an elephant’s trunk as it feeds, fights or reaches out with affection. But how do these creatures accomplish such extraordinary feats? Live action footage reveals only part of the answer. Using the latest technologies, HD camera lenses and computer graphics, “Moment of Impact” takes the viewer inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bio-engineering of “how animals work.”
Moment of Impact (Part 2 – Jungle)
Sunday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Part 2 looks at the incredible bio-engineering of jungle residents, both on the ground and in the forest canopy. Leaf-cutter ants are capable of carrying materials 10 times their weight. Equally impressive, the jaws of trap-jaw ants can produce a bite force 300 times their own body weight — stronger than that of a shark’s. Cuban crocodiles have the unlikely ability to leap up to six feet straight out of the water to catch their prey, while basilisk lizards walk on water, thanks to their wide-webbed feet and unique gaits. No wonder the basilisk is called the “Jesus lizard.” Among many other animal talents explored, “Jungle” also takes a looks at a how ospreys dive for fish and how a bat “swims” through the air.
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