Big or little, cute or ugly, animals of the world can be our companions or our enemies.
Animals can also do some nifty things, or play important roles in the ecosystem. DW looks at animals from every which angle.
When it comes to marine animals, charismatic species like dolphins and whales get all the attention. But what about the weird-looking creatures that also live in the ocean's depths? Although they're not beautiful, they still play an important role in marine ecosystems. Lucky for them, biologist and comedian Simon Watt has a special fondness for those hit by the ugly stick.
Our planet is full of amazing animals, peculiar plants, funky fungi and odd natural phenomena. DW's environment desk often researches the weird and wonderful creatures on earth. This week, reporter Jennifer Collins introduces us to what scientists call "the shrimp from Mars."
The world's oceans are full of weird and wonderful creatures. We splash down under the waves for a glimpse at some of the less charismatic species, we find out what's behind Europe's mysterious dolphin deaths, and we meet a tiny undersea sociopath who likes to smash things.