Sir Richard Attenborough in a lab with a fossil

A 200-million-year-old murder mystery investigated by Sir David Attenborough

Watch Attenborough and the Sea Dragon on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) Sunday 25 March at 15:00 and streaming live on DStv Now and witness a remarkable discovery that has laid hidden for 200 million years – the giant Sea Dragon that ruled the ocean at the time of the dinosaurs. The Ichthyosaur’s discovery will answer questions plaguing palaeontologists for centuries.  The most complete skeleton ever found will change our understanding of these animals and how they lived in the Jurassic World they lived in.

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This ancient creature’s story is brought to life by the nonagenarian Naturalist Sir David Attenborough, using state-of-the-art technology and CGI to reconstruct the skeleton and create the most detailed animation of an ichithyosaur ever made. The fate of this extraordinary creature is unraveled by painstaking forensic investigation, as the team stumbles into a 200-million-year-old murder mystery.

Who is Sir David Attenborough?

Best known for writing and presenting Life – the natural history documentary series

Former senior manager at the BBC

The only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K

Considered a national treasure in Britain, but dislikes the term

Named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a UK poll

Returned as presenter of Blue Plannet II

His contribution to broadcasting and wildlife film-making has brought him international recognition

Named ‘the great communicator’ the ‘peerless educator’ and ‘the greatest broadcaster of our time’

At least 15 species have been named in his honour

In 2013 he joined Queen guitarist and animal rights activist Brian May in opposing the government’s policy on the cull of badgers in the UK by participating in a song dedicated to badgers

Some of Attenborough’s famous quotes:

“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”

After having a pacemaker fitted in 2013: "If I was earning my money by hewing coal I would be very glad indeed to stop. But I'm not. I'm swanning round the world looking at the most fabulously interesting things. Such good fortune."

Attenborough jokingly stated about the rise of Donald Trump: “… Do we have any control or influence over the American elections? Of course we don’t. We could shoot him, it's not a bad idea.”

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By Alice da Silva