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The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code  (1982)

Fringe-lipped bat hunting in The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code

In the depths of the Panamanian jungle, bat expert, leading conservationist and award-winning wildlife photographer Dr Merlin Tuttle explores the alien world of the fringe-lipped bat. Equipped with complex sensory devices, this sophisticated airborne hunter is able to decode the calls of its amphibian prey, avoiding the many poisonous species to home in on the choicest of edible individuals.

For the first time, high-speed photography reveals the astonishing hunting skills of the fringe-lipped bat as it identifies, locks onto and finally seizes a croaking frog with deadly accuracy. This 1982 production is an outstanding example of the use of high-speed photography to reveal animal behaviour that would otherwise be virtually impossible to observe.

Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC Natural History Unit, Dr Merlin Tuttle, who has studied bats and championed their preservation for nearly 40 years, brings to life an extraordinary world of strange intelligence, echolocation and sonar decoding devices that transcend normal human perception.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Dubbing Mixer: Peter Copeland
Film Editor: Betty Block
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Bob Pellegrini
Producer: Keenan Smart
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Producer: Peter Bale
Sound: Karen Hooton
Writer: Keenan Smart
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Inhabitants of a hollow tree
Inhabitants of a hollow tree
High speed photography shows the drama of the pounce
High speed photography shows the drama o...
Out of the darkness comes death
Out of the darkness comes death
Bats, like female frogs, prefer complex calls
Bats, like female frogs, prefer complex ...
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Bat from The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code
Bat from The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code
Fringe-lipped bat hunting in The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code
Fringe-lipped bat hunting in The Bat that...