David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities
Sir David shines the spotlight on some of nature’s evolutionary anomalies and reveals how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate.
Where to Watch David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities
Below you'll find every episode from all 4 season of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities.
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Season 1Netflix | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Jan 29, 2013
Stretched to the Limit Some animals appear to have taken Nature’s gifts and stretched them to extreme limits. With these two natural curiosities one creature, the giraffe, has ended up with a super-stretched neck, the other, the chameleon, a super stretchy tongue. In both cases nature has found a way to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
S01 E02Feb 5, 2013
A Curious Hoax? David discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery but have ultimately helped us rethink evolution. When early explorers brought the first specimen of a duck-billed platypus back to England in 1799, it was thought so bizarre it was deemed a hoax, while the midwife toad became the centre of a raging scientific storm in the 1920s that led to accusations of fakery.
S01 E03Feb 12, 2013
Young Wrinklies David encounters two examples where Nature has tinkered with the aging process to alarmingly different effect – the first grows old while trapped in a young body while the second looks old from birth but might hold the key to a long life.
S01 E04Feb 19, 2013
A Curious Twist The single spiral tusk of the narwhal inspiration for tales of unicorns and the myriad variations on the twist of the snail shell have delighted and fascinated naturalists and artists since the dawn of civilization.
S01 E05Feb 26, 2013
Seeing the Pattern Zebra stripes vary subtly between the different species but there is one group of animals that has evolved colourful patterns of seemingly infinite variety, the butterflies. In this episode David looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.
Season 2Netflix | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Feb 18, 2014
Virgin Births Sir David Attenborough uses this episode to investigate two animals who are capable of true virgin birth - the production of offspring without the need for sex.
S02 E02Feb 18, 2014
Armoured Animals This episode explores the story of two animals that hide behind seemingly impregnable coat of arms. Can Sir David Attenborough get in behind their armour and reveal their mysteries?
S02 E03Feb 25, 2014
Life in the Dark Sir David Attenborough continues to shine the spotlight on nature's most amazing animals this time looking at the vision in squid and owls. Perhaps not a classic pairing, both owls and squid have incredible adaptations for being able to navigate at night.
S02 E04Feb 25, 2014
Curious Imposters Here we discover that some animals are able to trick others into believing they are something that they are not. The art of deception is a powerful attribute for some.
S02 E05Mar 4, 2014
Bad Reputations After initially gaining frightening reputations, it's now known that gorillas and bats are a lot gentler and considerate than their early reputations suggest.
S02 E06Mar 4, 2014
Shocking Senses Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.