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It's a small world; PICK OF THE DAY.

nature's miniature miracles BBC2, 8pm LIFE is tough for the little guy. And if you're surrounded by big animals and wild weather, you'll need to develop some tough survival skills to avoid certain death.

With snippets of stunning close-up footage from all over the world, this film is like a whistle-stop tour of some amazing, tiny heroes.

In order to survive, they have evolved extraordinary skills and achieved mind boggling feats.

In the Caribbean, the hermit crab needs to find abandoned sea shells to use as a mobile home - moving house constantly as it grows. The tiny crabs have formed a sort of housing scheme, where they all share sea shells according to size.

On the Great Barrier Reef, the epaulette shark (at less than 1m long) hunts for food when the tide is out and he knows the 12m long whale sharks are out in deeper waters.

But that's not the best bit. Epaulette sharks can also walk across land using their fins to avoid danger.

Elsewhere, marvel at the escape strategy of a toad. Faced with a predator, it transforms into a ball, tensing its muscles rigid like rubber, and simply bounces out of harm's way.

There's also a scorpion with UV-sensitive marks on its shell which warn it about the approaching moonlight, which would give it away.

There are geckos with super water-repellent skin which means they literally don't get wet - handy when you live in the jungle.

And in the Sahara Desert, a dried out ball of twigs looks like it has been dead for years, but the 'resurrection plant' literally ups-sticks at the first sign of water and comes back to life in a puddle.

But even stranger than that is the sight of an Australian spider's bizarre mating dance. But that's nothing compared the post-coital routine.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 15, 2017
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