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Wild Jamaica: Cays, crabs and cucumbers  (1968)

The wickedest city in the world

Broadcast as part of the The World About Us strand, Cays, Crabs and Cucumbers is the second of two programmes examining the rich abundance of species found on Jamaica's shores. Following a group of Oxford zoologists as they finish their explorations, it is an early example of Oxford Scientific Films' (OSF) thorough and academic approach to wildlife cinematography.

The founders of the company, Gerald Thompson, Sean Morris, Peter Parks and John Paling, use impressive technical photography to record a wealth of flora and fauna. Porcelain crabs camouflage themselves in conch shells, puffer fish swell when cornered and bottlenose dolphins frolic in the ocean's clear waters.

Together with the previous episode, Trapdoors, Tyrants and Tadpoles, Cays, Crabs and Cucumbers provides an outstanding insight into Jamaica's natural history, and helped OSF build their reputation for detailed and high quality wildlife photography.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Film Editor: Jim Cryan
Narrator: Alan Gibson
Photography: Sean Morris
Photography: John Paling
Photography: Peter Parks
Photography: Eric R. Skinner
Photography: David Thompson
Photography: Gerald Thompson
Presenter: Gerald Thompson
Presenter: John Cooke
Presenter: Sean Morris
Presenter: John Paling
Presenter: Peter Parks
Producer: Christopher Parsons
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

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