Inside Nature's Giants: Sperm Whale
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Inside Nature's Giants: Sperm Whale

Wednesday, January 18 at 10:00 p.m.

In a new, four-part series, veterinary specialists and biologists perform an autopsy on a large wild animal to uncover the secrets of its anatomy. The series features veterinary scientist Mark Evans, comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg and evolutionary biologists Richard Dawkins and Simon Watt.

In episode one, "Sperm Whale," Evans and 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 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 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.

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