The Wildlife Specials: Crocodile: The Smiling Predator
Crocodile: The Smiling Predator is a fascinating celebration of these powerful and formidable predators, using underwater and infra-red photography the production reveals new aspects of their behaviour never captured on film before.
Part of a series of one-off BBC wildlife specials to mark forty years of the BBC's Natural History Unit, the production enlisted the talents of a number of award-winning cameramen, including the renowned photographer Martin Dohrn. The impressive cinematography is combined with an informative commentary from David Attenborough, providing an in-depth account of crocodilian life.
Advanced night-time filming techniques see over one hundred crocodiles feeding co-operatively, as new hatchlings struggle to move and fearsome battles break out with lion prides. Doting parents, expressive communicators and sociable scavengers, a different side to these reptilian predators is put forth, which, together with the discovery of surprising new behaviour, provides a fresh insight into this long-fabled 'man-eater'.