SIZING UP NATURE
Nature’s Biggest Beasts ONLINE available on BBC iPlayer until 19 May
When it comes to wildlife, it’s often the largest that most catch the imagination. However, the privilege of super-size comes with its own challenges. Narrated by comedian Miles Jupp, this lively, fact-packed new film – the latest in BBC Two’s new
Natural World series – hops around the globe investigating how the kings of the animal kingdom have adapted to survive: how do African elephants travel 25km each day without damaging their feet? How do giraffes control their blood pressure when bending their necks to drink? How do red kangaroos keep their large bodies cool in the intense heat of the Australian Outback? We also meet the giants of their own worlds – get ready for bird-eating crickets, enormous earthworms and fist-sized snails armed with 6,000 teeth.
The blue whale: the biggest of them all.