Archives for May, 2010

Deadly Jellyfish Strands

Video Preview: Steer clear of this oceanic wonder! Just one touch of the box jellyfish’s extremely long strands can cause paralysis and death. Australia’s Deadly Dozen airs on Nat Geo Wild Friday May 28 at 8P et/pt.

A New Respect for Heights

by Molly TaitAssociate Producer If you’ve ever thought that working on a television series would be glamorous, first you should intern at Nat Geo. They will put you to work. Second, it’s usually quite the opposite. As an Associate Producer, my job is being a mobile secretary, treasurer, and assistant all in one. There are…

A Man Among Wolves

Video Preview: Maverick researcher Shaun Ellis raises abandoned wolf cubs and teaches them, by example, how to survive in the wild — living and behaving like them, howling, licking and snarling like them, even eating carcass meat like them. A Man Among Wolves airs on Nat Geo Wild Tuesday June 1 at 8P et/pt.

Microchipping Your Dog

Microchips are small transponders – no bigger than a grain of rice – that are implanted just under the skin of a pet’s shoulder blades. This tiny form of technology is an inexpensive way to help permanently identify a pet. While simple collar IDs can help a lost canine reunite with her family, she can…

Shocked By the Danger

by Scott BDirector August 2009 – Southern Hercules barge, Gulf of Mexico I am shocked by it — by the intensity of diving to nearly 300 feet underwater. I’m shocked by the danger that these divers live with on an everyday basis. I’ve filmed in operating rooms where life and death are ever-present, but this…

While on a study in Sharkville, a shark-infested area off Africa’s coast, shark expert Ryan Johnson made the discovery of a lifetime, great whites hunting at night. For the first time on film, witness this remarkable sight. Video Preview: Ryan uses a robotic seal decoy to capture the unusual nighttime behavior of the South African…

Producer/director/writer Sam “Evil Dead” Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures recently announced that it is making This Man, about an “ordinary guy” who suddenly discovers that people all over the world are seeing him in their dreams. A novel twist: The project may possibly be the first movie ever based entirely on a web site. And while…

Darwin in the Galapagos

Savage, bizarre, hellish and beautiful: explore the islands that changed the world. Video Preview: While mapping the Galapagos Islands, Darwin made observations that would later give birth to his theory of evolution. Galapagos, a three-hour special, airs on Nat Geo Wild Thursday May 27 at 8P et/pt.

Many people can identify nests in the wild, especially if they are home to a common bird species. But did you know about these unusual nest makers in the animal kingdom? Animals create nests for a whole host of reasons. Perhaps it offers security from predators, or shelter from harsh weather conditions. Possibly it’s a…

Circular Skyscraper

by Yasemin Rashit, Assistant Producer Aldar HQ construction is an interesting place. Incredibly orderly and neat for a construction site, one wonders if they cleaned it up because they knew we were coming. Before entering the actual construction area we pass through the makeshift Porto-cabin offices and are greeted by the clinical smell of TCP. Having…

What’s Expedition Wild’s Casey Anderson been up to recently? Well, he’s been filming with his best friend Brutus and sharing photos along the way. You can keep track of his frequent updates on Casey’s Facebook or Twitter page. Check out his recent photos — a bobcat came into his backyard! Yesterday Casey writes:Meet Oly! He…

Training a Wild Panther

By Shelby Redfield, Swamp Men After sifting through numerous amounts of raw footage, in order to pull beauty shots, or behind the scenes segments, my attention was caught by the captive Florida Panther at Billie Swamp Safari. In order to get the panther ready to be in educational presentations about the plight of the Florida…

***The live blog is now over. Read below to see the discussion during the show!*** We may not fix the sins, but we’ll fix the city! We’re here with Sean Riley, now blogging live until 10P et for the World’s Toughest Fixes premiere episode of “Fixing Vegas.” He’s sharing his commentary on moments throughout the show, and…

The King of Herrings

Swedes tend to be fond of herring prepared in just about any way imaginable: Mustard herring, onion herring, dill herring, herring in wine sauce, herring with beets and blackcurrant herring, you name it. They even love  surströmming, that canned fermented Baltic herring whose peculiar aroma has been likened by one cuisine web site to, well,…

Whale Shark Feeding

Whale sharks are the ocean’s largest fish. Growing up to forty feet in length, their size alone warrants admiration. But these colossal creatures don’t shred and tear prey like many ocean hunters, and pose no threat to humans. Rather, they’re docile sea giants that filter feed with four-foot wide mouths. Recently I attended a whale…

Feersome Fishing Spiders

Video preview: Fishing spiders seem harmless enough — until they attack their prey in the water with vicious precision. Caught in the Act: Elephant Battleground premieres Tuesday May 18 at 9P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild. Not sure if you get the channel? Look to the right of this blog post and you can enter…

Water World

by Scott B, Director Nine hours, slapping the waves in a crew boat on the way out to the barge. It’s another world out here, a desolate landscape of endless water dotted by weird steel structures. I know that underwater it’s teeming with life, but from here, it doesn’t seem so. It feels more like…

Dog Eats Barbeque Skewer

source: Dr. Amara Estrada, D.V.M When a sick Labrador retriever named Yankee arrived at the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center back in 2006, doctors were appalled at what they discovered in her body: a barbeque skewer had perforated Yankee’s stomach and pierced her heart. It had happened months before: Yankee ate a steak kabob…

Approximately 79,000 people are on the organ transplant list in the United States. And every day, ten of these individuals pass away and 3,000 new patients are added to the list. Primarily, ailing patients need a new heart, liver, pancreas, lung or kidney, and the reality is that there are not enough organ donors to…

Lion vs. Leopard

Produced by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Eye of the Leopard tracks one cat for a remarkable three years in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. She’s called Legadema, or “Light from the Sky,” and we follow her from the first vulnerable days as a cub, through the development of her hunting instincts, to her later triumphs that make…

Monkey Trap

Stories of elusive monkeys – such as Tampa’s fugitive primate – exist around the globe. But when wild rhesus macaques become greedy urban troublemakers, how do you set a monkey trap?  A troop of rowdy rhesus macaque monkeys have taken over Jaipur’s Galta temple, living in comfort within its walls. Other nearby rhesus gangs fight…

Source: User Dmano. One of the more imposing creatures that the Swamp Men  have to corral in the course of a workday at Billie Swamp Safari in Big Cypress Swamp is the Florida black bear. Ursus americanus floridanus a sub species of the black bear, is the biggest native land mammal in the state. Males…

What would happen if a Martian-sized dust storm came down to Earth? Dust storms on Mars and Earth are identical, save for the fact that those on Mars are many times larger and more powerful. Now, as human exploration of Mars creeps closer, exhaustive testing is underway to ensure that astronauts are protected from the…

The Tazmanian devil is unique to Australia’s island state of Tasmania. In 2001, biologists found that the iconic animal was afflicted with the worlds first known transmissible cancer. As the disease spread across the state and Tasmanian devil population numbers fell alarmingly, the government launched a “Save the Devil” campaign to investigate the cause of…

Cuban Crocodile Eggs

source: Mehgan Murphy, National Zoo Cuban crocodiles are a highly endangered reptile species – between 3,000-6,000 live in the wild. But because they have temperature dependant sex determination, biologists are helping conserve the species by manipulating the eggs’ incubation temperature to hatch males. source: Matt Evans and Barbara Watkins, National Zoo In addition to having…