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Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Shrike, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    Has anybody seen this show? I believe it airs on BBC America. Is it me, or did Dominic mistakenly identify a large python in the Vietnam episode as a reticulated python. That was a Burm, no?

    Exhibit A:
    http://www.bbcamerica.com/wild-things/photos/episode-1-the-giant-water-bug/#129

    Other than the fact that they're large constrictors, I think its fairly easy to tell the difference between the two species. Please tell me I'm not hallucinating here.

    Dominic Monaghan reportedly has a real passion for wildlife, invertebrates in particular, so I don't intend to bash the guy. I guess I'm just disappointed this slipped through the cracks.
     
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  2. MarkmD

    MarkmD Arachnoprince

    I watched the series last year, it was quite good especially when their wasn't much on tv lol.
     
  3. peterUK

    peterUK Arachnoknight Old Timer

    I was surprised when he couldnt identify a GBB considering he is a self confessed 'bug nerd' !!
     
  4. pitbulllady

    pitbulllady Arachnoking Old Timer

    That IS a Burm, yes. Very different snake in terms of build and pattern from a Retic.

    pitbulllady
     
  5. bugmankeith

    bugmankeith Arachnoking Old Timer

    I saw the giant water bug episode. He was a character in the show Lost which I had watched.
     
  6. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Not to mention Lord of the Rings. They must not have many snakes in Middle Earth.
     
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  7. MarkmD

    MarkmD Arachnoprince

    Lol yeah maybe not many snakes and T's, in the lord of the rings, he was a good hobit In the movie, he was a hobit right?, the show could have been better, I do like David attenborough, he has a lot of knowledge in his programs and worth watching.
     
  8. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yep, David Attenborough is the man.
     
  9. poisoned

    poisoned Arachnodemon

    David really is the king of animal documentaries. And he's capable to make you amazed even at most obvious stuff with his warm voice and speaking style. One can really see he's passionate about his job.
     
  10. vespers

    vespers Arachnodemon

    I watched the "Giant Huntsman Spider" Wild Things episode on BBC last night, and was rather annoyed with it by the end. He played up how it was "dangerous and venomous" and that he was more than a day's journey from medical attention. Then he acted like it was a dangerous feat to let one walk on his hand for a few moments.
     
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  11. MarkmD

    MarkmD Arachnoprince

    I agree with that vespers. but they have to say things like that to get people to keep watching it after the ads, but we all know that a medical team is with him, so if anything happened he would be fine. though that doesn't mean it's harmless and maybe affect him badly, lol may never know.
     
  12. bugmankeith

    bugmankeith Arachnoking Old Timer

    Watching his best shows on Nature been playing new episodes each week
     
  13. jecraque

    jecraque Arachnobaron

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    Apples and oranges much? One of these men makes his living as an actor and has no background or special qualifications besides "might be able to attract a larger fan base to a nature show." Why should anyone be surprised when dude can't make a positive ID? Just because someone professes to like something doesn't mean they know the first thing about it--as I'm sure we've all experienced in some way or another.

    Plus, everyone knows that Oprah is the best at nature documentaries.
     
  14. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes, I'm little bit surprised. Burmese pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world and one of the most popular large constrictors in the pet trade. A layman, especially one with a professed life long passion for wild animals, can get that ID right. But the error extends beyond the host. Out of the entire production team, not one person caught this.

    They actually did find a reticulated python in the second episode:

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/wild-things/photos/episode-2-the-giant-huntsman-spider/#227

    The funny thing is the photo from the first episode is still up on the website:

    http://www.bbcamerica.com/wild-things/photos/episode-1-the-giant-water-bug/#129

    This is just a lack of fact checking and quality control and I find it disappointing.
     
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  15. jecraque

    jecraque Arachnobaron

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    I don't know, maybe I'm a little more jaded, but really stupid mistakes in edutainment are nothing new. Heck, really stupid mistakes in textbooks are nothing new. It happens, and it happens with alarming regularity. Even Attenborough has said some cringeworthy stuff when it comes to evolution, and I'd expect him to know more than his production team (most with no background in the sciences).

    You know, I feel this way on a daily basis about many things.
     
  16. Shrike

    Shrike Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I'll drink to that.
     
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