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Beyond the limits of human perception

Explore the hidden world that animals across the globe can experience.

Our human senses are pretty incredible – but we only see, hear and smell a tiny fraction of what's out there. Explore how animals sense their world in ways far beyond our human capabilities.

Presented by physicist Helen Czerski and biologist Patrick Aryee, each episode of Animal Super Senses focuses on a central theme: sight, sound and scent.

Taking science out of the lab, Helen and Patrick travel five continents, getting up close to some amazing creatures and conducting an array of demonstrations and experiments out in the wild that reveal the amazing super senses of the animal world.

See how a cheetah views the world very differently from us, why the blind golden mole doesn't need eyes to find and capture its prey, and be amazed at the astounding power of a wolverine's nose.

Travel beyond the limits of human perception and prepare to be astounded by the surprising, weird and complex ways that our planet's animals sense the world around them.

Presenters

Beyond Human

Helen Czerski

Helen Czerski is a physicist, oceanographer and science presenter.

She was brought up in Manchester and her inquisitive nature and passion for the scientific was evident early in life. Helen went on to graduate from Cambridge University in 2001 with a first in Natural Sciences (Physics), followed by a PhD in experimental explosives physics in 2006.

Helen’s continuing fascination with the world of small-scale phenomena led her onto the study of ocean bubble formation and a move to the USA. She spent the next four years working at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and the Graduate School of Oceanography in Rhode Island, before returning back to the UK in 2010 to begin her own research project.

Helen’s research focuses on the optics and acoustics of ocean bubbles, the structure of the bubble plumes caused by breaking waves, and the influence of ocean bubbles on the atmosphere.

Helen has appeared in a number of BBC shows including Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, Operation Iceberg and The Secret Life of the Sun. She also writes a regular column in BBC Focus magazine called Everyday Science and was shortlisted for columnist of the year at the 2014 Professional Publishers Association Awards.

Beyond Human

Patrick Aryee

Patrick is a biologist, presenter and wildlife filmmaker.

After studying Cancer Biology at the University of Bristol, Patrick decided to pursue a career in wildlife filmmaking.

This led to him working on a number of prime-time BBC productions including Frozen Planet, Springwatch, and Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild. Patrick has also ventured into children’s programming, producing and directing the CBBC spin-off show Wolfblood Uncovered.

In 2012, Patrick started presenting the BBC’s online strand Zoo La La, a weekly show about weird and wonderful animal facts that launched the new BBC/YouTube platform, Earth Unplugged.

When he isn’t presenting, Patrick is a keen mountain biker and dance choreographer. He’s also a qualified scuba diver.

Next on...

Episode 1, Series 1

Tuesday February 13 at 13:40

Series 1, Episode 1

In a look at the sense of sight, find out how caribou use UV light to avoid wolves and how dragonflies can make a kill in the blink of an eye. 1/3

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday February 14 at 13:35

Series 1, Episode 2

A look at the hidden world of sound in the animal kingdom, including how bats can see with sound and elephants' phenomenal hearing. 2/3

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Denmark – Canal Digital DTH: 38 | YouSee: 63
Finland – Canal Digital DTH: 26
Norway – Altibox: 48 | Canal Digital Cable: 25 | Canal Digital DTH: 37 | GET: 51
Sweden – Canal Digital DTH: 25 | ComHem: 36 | Sappa: 31