True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider-Hunter

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They can run, and they can try to hide, but no spider can escape the tireless pursuit of Martin Nicholas, as he proves in True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider-Hunter.

Comic book hero Spider-Man can climb walls and swing from building to building on super-strong silk. But that’s nothing compared to the spider superpowers revealed in True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider-Hunter.

Join spider expert Martin Nicholas, a mild-mannered water treatment engineer by day, as he tours the world in search of some of the most amazing arachnids. First stop is Arizona, where the spider hunter encounters Tucson blond tarantulas. This spider can detect movement on the surface from two feet down its burrow. The desert also harbors jumping spiders, with binocular-like eyes and incredible jumping abilities. In southern Mexico, Nicholas seeks the legendary golden orb-weaver, which produces the world’s strongest silk. Armed with his spider-cam — “a miracle of precision engineering and duct tape” — Nicholas travels to French Guiana in search of the world’s biggest spider, the goliath bird-eater, which can grow to 12 inches in diameter.

Along the way, meet communal spiders that work together — by the thousands — to build web cities, and the pink-toed tarantula, which can both skydive and walk on water! Even Spider-Man might have a hard time equaling that. Buy the DVD. Online content for True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider-Hunter was originally posted February 2006.

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Television Credits

Narrated by
HARRY PRICHETT

Camera
KEVIN FLAY

Sound
ROBBIE JOHNSON

Editor
ROB DAVIES

Dubbing Editor
GARY McINTYRE

Dubbing Mixer
RICHARD LAMBERT

Online Editor
CHRISTIAN SHORT

Graphics
PATRICK JONES
JULIAN KIRBY

Post Production Team
CHARLIE GILBERT
CLAIRE HALLIDAY

Production Coordinator
CELINE RITCHIE

Production Manager
KAREN MEEHAN

With Thanks to
BBC Motion Gallery
Shane Burchfield
Rosamond Coates
Estacion De Biologia Tropical 'Los Tuxtlas'
Juan Nunez Farfan
Linden Higgins
Stan Lee
Marvel Characters, Inc.
Johannes Moonen
Peter Sprouse
Barney Tomberlin
Francisco Torregrosa

Head of Production
TERESA WATTS

Executive Producer
BRIAN LEITH

Producer / Director
RUPERT BARRINGTON

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
JAY SLOT

Sound Mix
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Granada Wild and Thirteen/WNET New York

 

Web Credits

Producer
MARY HOPE GARCIA

Art Director
SABINA DALEY

Designers
RADIK SHVARTS

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Production Artist
YING ZHOU-HUDSON

Production Assistant
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

About the Writer

David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.

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