A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loads of information about the vision mechanics and eye formation of animals ranging from the photo-neurons of the flat worm to the highly adapted eyes of raptors. This documentary is as educational as sitting in a biology class and listening to an informative lecture, while watching video footage of the subject at hand.
The diversity and specialization of life on Earth is awe-inspiring. Even animals who don't have brains have a specialized functions on the planet. Humans may not understand what an animal is "thinking," but every animal has a purpose.
Positive Role Models
Though the animals aren't evolving intentionall, the diversity and specialization of life on Earth is awe-inspiring.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the scientific images of skulls and graphics of inner eyes might be a little creepy for younger or sensitive viewers. Animals are shown hunting other animals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What Animals See is an informative documentary that delves into the visual mechanics of animals ranging from insects and mollusks to fish and raptors. Animated visuals showing the structure and mechanics of the eyes depict blood vessels and eye socket shapes in a scientific manner. Some animals are shown hunting other animals, though no blood is shown. A mantis shrimp is described as being violent enough to break the glass of an aquarium when provoked.
Is It Any Good?
Educational, inspirational, and fascinating, this documentary literally looks through the eyes of various animals that inhabit our planet. What Animals See investigates the way animals see, exploring why they have evolved to see the way that they see. Though it's a scientific exploration of the vision capacity of animals on Earth, there is a sense of excitement and wonder that is relayed in the telling (and showing).
Kids who have wondered what their own dog or cat can see will feel satisfied when watching the simulated video of their pets' vision. Curious adults will feel inspired by the complexity of life that exists both in the trees in the backyard and in the bottom of the ocean. Great educational content for home viewing.
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