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The horrible story of the hagfish


Show and Tell: Amphipods
Redmond O'Hanlon Writer
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These, the wee beasties of the ocean floor, amphipods, they're actually that picture, a bit bigger. They've lost their colour here in the formalin, but they are... they're big in comparison. Their nearest relatives on shore are the little sand hoppers underneath seaweed. These guys, you put your mackerel in the bait for lobsters or whatever, these are the guys that strip it clean, so there's just a skeleton, as if they had been treated in acid. Now they eat you from the outside if you're drowned, and do an extraordinarily good job.

British author Redmond O’Hanlon writes about his journeys into some of the wildest places in the world. His travels have taken him into the jungles of the Congo and the Amazon, he has faced some of the toughest tribes alive today, and has sailed in the hurricane season on a trawler in the North Atlantic. In all of this, he explores the extremes of human existence with passion, wit and erudition.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: Wyville-Thomson Ridge, Northeast Atlantic

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: July - September 2008

Date story went live: 01 November 2017