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Incredible Suckers  (1996)

Animals that defy our imagination

In the depths of the world’s oceans, biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer Mike deGruy explores the multi-sensory world of the cephalopods.

Stunning underwater photography provides an incredible glimpse into these enigmatic invertebrates, recording species never before captured on film. Impressive footage from a remote-controlled submersible provides the first ever glimpse of two rare creatures in their natural habitat, the living fossil nautilus and the intimidating vampire squid.

Widely regarded as the most intelligent of all invertebrates, cephalopods communicate via changing colour patterns. Impressive cinematography documents these vivid displays as cuttlefish camouflage to avoid predators, and rapid pulses of colour race up and down a squid’s tentacles.

Incredible Suckers was widely acclaimed, providing an in-depth account of the behaviour and impressive abilities of this fascinating class of creatures, and it won the Underwater Revelation category at Wildscreen 1996.

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
Copyright Holder: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Address: 47 Marylebone Lane
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7317 1330

Film credits

Additional Photography: Peck Euwer
Additional Photography: Marty Snyderman
Additional Photography: Howard Hall
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - Natural History Unit
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Computer Animation: Vassili Hurmusiadis
Computer Animation: Jacqueline Wrather
Computer Animation: Gary Leonardi
Computer Animation: Andrew Bell
Director: Robin Brown
Dubbing Editor: Kate Hopkins
Editor: Mark Fletcher
Editor: David Pearce
Executive Producer: Monica Spear
Music: William Lovelady
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Mike deGruy
Presenter: Mike deGruy
Producer: Mike deGruy
Production: David Allen
Production Assistant: Yvonne Bainton
Production Organisation: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Series Unit Manager: Christina Hamilton
Sound Recordist: Mimi Armstrong
Writer: Robin Brown
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