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#364626 - 01/20/10 01:00 AM Animal Planet's Wild Recon  
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Featured Belize. I've just started watching (DVR) and hopefully it will show the beneficial side of protecting indigenous species.

#364651 - 01/20/10 11:04 AM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: CindyO]  
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We watched this last night and had mixed emotions. 1) He's as dramatic as the old Crocodile Hunter, 2) He exaggerated the dangers of some of the animals but 3) did it all in the name of a good cause.

The thing that amused us most is that they implied (by their map) that Hol Chan and Shark & Ray Alley were right off of Belize City.

The Howler Monkey was darling - I thought they were a lot bigger than that.


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#364657 - 01/20/10 12:03 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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Personally I thought the guy was an ass. Half his time was spent taunting animals into reaction. He tried to make himself comparable to Steve Irwin with the stingray comments, which he is not. Over dramatized Belize itself and made it sound like an animal slaughterhouse.

Researchers I used to work with on the mainland didn't think much of Steve Irwin's methods but respected him for what he accomplished. I bet they would throttle this guy if he got near them.

#364660 - 01/20/10 12:23 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: SimonB]  
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Originally Posted by SimonB
Personally I thought the guy was an ass. Half his time was spent taunting animals into reaction. He tried to make himself comparable to Steve Irwin with the stingray comments, which he is not. Over dramatized Belize itself and made it sound like an animal slaughterhouse.

Researchers I used to work with on the mainland didn't think much of Steve Irwin's methods but respected him for what he accomplished. I bet they would throttle this guy if he got near them.

Ditto Simon !


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#364662 - 01/20/10 12:57 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: champion]  
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Well, my 6 year old thought the show was totally awesome. And he has decided perhaps he doesn't want to go and live in the jungle.

#364669 - 01/20/10 02:10 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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I agree with all the above. Sure was not what I was expecting. But, at least he did stress the importance of research to combat infectious diseases in humans.

#364670 - 01/20/10 02:19 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: CindyO]  
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We watch a bunch of those shows, Bear Grylls, can't remember all the other guys' names - but they are all showmen. They exaggerate a lot - that's what sells the shows. If you take it for what it is - a bit of escapism mixed in with a little adventure, pro-ecology saving etc. the shows are fun.

#364671 - 01/20/10 02:33 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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Hummmm
I should try this, "Far from shore in the dark waters of the open ocean the water churned with hungry Nurse Sharks as the instructor and his students prepared to dive!"...hows that sound?


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#364672 - 01/20/10 02:37 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: elbert]  
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oooh, I like the beginning.... go on. will this be a video blog.

#364674 - 01/20/10 02:46 PM Re: Animal Planet's Wild Recon [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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The thing that bothered us most that while he was talking about animals having viruses he was handling them, collecting venom and drawing blood without ever wearing gloves.


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