INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Sperm Whale

INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Sperm Whale

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 9:00pm

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg examine a sperm whale that stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England.

Credit: Courtesy of Windfall Films

Join a team of scientists who explore the mysteries of the largest predator on Earth: the sperm whale.

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg dissect a sperm whale’s enormous organs to reveal the secrets of this 45-foot deep-sea giant, which stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England in INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Sperm Whale airing Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World. As the team ventures inside the whale, biologist Simon Watt tracks whales in the Azores with a modern-day Jonah, Malcolm Clarke, who shows him the huge number of squid beaks in a whale’s stomach. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, marveling at the gigantic teeth that have evolved in the lower jaw of a sperm whale, digs out his copy of the King James Bible for a reading about Leviathan from the Book of Job.

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