David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Shocking Senses

Series 2 - Episode 6 Shocking Senses



Much of the appeal of these natural treasures lies in their astonishing discovery stories. Lurid early accounts resulted in a bad rep for both the gorilla and vampire bat, and were often merely slaking the public’s thirst for sensationalism. But Guy the Gorilla’s 30-year residency at London Zoo until 1978 did much to convince the public otherwise. The very latest findings on the vampire bat are equally antithetical – and surprising.

Sir David repeatedly rekindles our childlike wonder at the world with simple demos like the sound of corn roots growing... and did you know cabbages communicate with each other by smell?


The veteran naturalist reflects on the remarkable abilities that some plants and animals possess, such as the electric eel that helped inspire the battery and flowers that `talk' to bees using electrical signals.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Attenborough
Director Stephen Dunleavy
Director Hilary Jeffkins
Executive Producer Stephen Dunleavy
Producer Hilary Jeffkins
Producer Stephen Dunleavy
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