Monday, November 20th, 2017

‘The Secret World Of Animal Sleep’ Premieres on Smithsonian Earth

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The Secret World of Animal Sleep, a new animated series for Smithsonian Earth, will premiere on Friday, November 3.

Narrated by journalist and science communicator Cara Santa Maria, this new series offers a captivating glimpse into the way animals restore energy and get ready for their next day or night on the prowl – all through a series of beautiful picture-book, hand-drawn animations.

The premiere episode, Sleepless on the Savana, is now available for free at SmithsonianEarthTV.com/Sleep. The five additional episodes will be available on Smithsonian Earth on November 3rd. Smithsonian Earth is available on Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Android(TM) and SmithsonianEarthTV.com.

This is the first time I have heard of Smithsonian Earth, a subscription video service. Note: To watch the first episode you have to enter your email to receive a code to unlock.

Episodes of THE SECRET WORLD OF ANIMAL SLEEP are:

SLEEPLESS ON THE SAVANNA
The higher up on the food chain you are, the more sleep you get. That’s why prey species like giraffes can only afford mere minutes of sleep at a time, while lions revel in over 20 hours of luxurious slumber a day. Take an eye-opening look at sleep as a survival strategy.

DOZING DOLPHINS
Marine mammals like dolphins need air to breathe, but what happens when they rest? The solution is a fascinating form of half-sleep that allows them to emerge for air without waking up. Dive into the weird world of underwater slumber.

ASLEEP ON THE WING
When birds need sleep, they do it on the fly – quite literally. They’re able to enter a special kind of half-sleep state that lets them rest midair, which is especially important for migratory birds, like the Alpine swift, clocking thousands of miles at a time. Glide into the astounding world of avian sleep.

SLEEPING LIKE A BABY
Owls and foxes are born with undeveloped brains. To grow, they need a special kind of deep sleep known as REM, or rapid eye movement – a state marked by brain regeneration, memory development and a lot of movement. Take an intriguing look into the role of sleep in helping different species develop into adults.

MYSTERIES OF HIBERNATION
Arctic ground squirrels survive harsh Canadian winters through skilled hibernation. Entering a state of controlled hypothermia, their body temperatures drop to 27°F – the lowest ever recorded in a mammal. This suspended animation isn’t sleep exactly, but it’s an equally vital part of their unique survival plan.

STRANGE SLUMBER
All animals sleep – but few do so in exactly the same way. Horses snooze standing up and snakes sleep with their eyes wide open. As for some species of jellyfish, they sleep despite lacking a brain. Uncover some of the more unusual features of animal slumber, many of which still remain a mystery.

 

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