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Shark, Stick, Crake : Updates and Supplementals

Revisiting the subjects of the first three Wild Episodes!

Just how common is the huge, ridiculously long-lived Greenland Shark (Episode One)? New research has the beginnings of an answer.

The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Episode Two) can’t go home until someone gets rid of the rats that invaded it. Those rats are still there, but elsewhere there’s big, big news in the world of rat eradication from islands …

And finally, just how badly did I mislead you in the corn crake episode (Episode Three)? Not too badly, but it turns out the truth about Scotland’s corn crakes is not as cheerful as I suggested.

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Corn Crake : The Undiscovered Song

Sometimes the sound an animal makes becomes kind of iconic. For a handful of birds in particular, the sound can become so iconic that it’s the first thing people think of when they’re talking about the bird. But in the case of the corn crake (Crex crex), for hundreds of years, things have gone one step further. In a lot of ways, the bird is its voice. Which is just as well, because your chances of actually seeing one are kind of slim …


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