NATURE: The Beauty Of Ugly
Airs Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Nature: The Beauty Of Ugly
We may think we know what is beautiful and what isn't, but in the natural world, beauty can be many things -- including what we might find completely repulsive.
In the animal world, as in our own, looks aren’t everything. In fact, some of the most aesthetically challenged creatures — from warthogs and proboscis monkeys to bull elephant seals — are also the most fascinating. A stunning variety of these ghastly yet glorious forms are explored in "NATURE: The Beauty of Ugly."
On the Web site for "The Beauty of Ugly," you’ll get an in-depth look at some of these intriguing creatures. You’ll learn about the remarkable sensory abilities of the weird little star-nosed mole and the unusual social system of naked mole-rats and their imperious mole-rat queen, discover the threats faced by the Cape Griffon vulture, and get a fish-eye’s view of the needle-toothed viperfish and other deep-sea creatures, as photographed by a unique undersea camera called the Eye-in-the-Sea, designed by ocean researcher Dr. Edith Widder. You can also watch the full episode online.