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INSIDE NATURE’S GIANTS: Sperm Whale

Airs Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Scientists examine a sperm whale that stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England.

A team of experts dissect the largest animals on the planet to uncover their evolutionary secrets in INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS. In each episode, veterinary scientist Mark Evans, comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg, biologist Simon Watt and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explore the anatomy of a distinct giant predator to reveal how it works.

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

"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.

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.

This series originally aired in 2011.

Dr. Joy Reidenberg is on Facebook. Mark Evans is on Facebook, and you can follow @MarkEvansTV on Twitter.

More Episodes:

"Giant Python" repeats Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11 p.m.

"Great White Shark" repeats Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 p.m.

"Big Cats" repeats Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11 p.m.

"Giant Squid" and "Camel" are not currently scheduled to rebroadcast, but you can watch the full episodes below:

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Sperm Whale

Above: The team exposes the organs of a sperm whale that became stranded and died on Pegwell Bay in Kent, England to reveal the secrets of the 45-foot deep-sea giant. Premiered January 18, 2012 on KPBS TV

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Monster Python

Above: The INSIDE NATURE's GIANTS team ventures into the swamps of the Florida Everglades in search of the giant Burmese python. Premiered January 25, 2012 on KPBS TV.

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Big Cats

Above: In this episode of INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS, the experts dissect a lion and a tiger. From the outside, the two look very different, but once their skins are removed, even the experts find it hard to tell them apart. Biologist Simon Watt comes face to face with a liger — a cross between a lion and a tiger — proof of the two species’ similarity.

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Great White Shark

Above: In this episode of INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS, the experts travel to South Africa to dissect a 15-foot-long great white shark. Comparative anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg uncovers the amazing array of senses the shark possesses, including the ability to detect the electro-magnetic field given off by other creatures.

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Giant Squid

Above: In this episode of INSIDE NATURE’S GIANTS, the team travels to New Zealand to examine one of the biggest yet most mysterious animals on Earth — the giant squid. Delving into its three hearts, razor sharp beak, tooth-covered tentacles and bizarre reproductive system, the team explores the anatomy of a deep-sea alien that’s never been observed in the wild.

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Full Episode: INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Camel

Above: In this episode of INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS, Mark Evans and Dr. Joy Reidenberg brave the Australian Outback to dissect a camel, the ultimate desert survivor.