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"Walking with Dinosaurs" Cruel Sea (TV Episode 1999) Poster

(TV Series)

(1999)

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Anachronisms 

Eustreptospondylus was already extinct by the Late Jurassic, which is the period this episode takes place in.
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Continuity 

When beached, the Liopleurodon looks about half the size it is supposed to be.
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When the Rhamphorhynchus is plucking insect larvae from the tree, the animatronic head looks much bigger in comparison to the tree bark than the head of the CG animation.
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When the animatronic Liopleurodon is replaced by a CGI creature mid-shot, the skin patterns on the side of its neck noticeably shift position.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As the Eustreptospondylus hustle over the remains of the sea turtle, you can briefly notice the leg of the puppeteer on the right side of the screen, during one of the closeups of the animal's head.
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In the opening shot in which we see the head of a Eustreptospondlyus through the water, a dark object can be seen above its neck at certain points.
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When the Eustreptospondylus lifts up the dead Rhamphorhynchus, what seems to be part of the puppeteer's clothing can very briefly be glimpsed.
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When the Ophthalmosaurus is struggling to give birth and breathe air, a red object can be seen behind her in one above-water shot.
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Factual errors 

The narrator states that Liopleurodon can grow up to 25 m long. In reality, no Liopleurodon larger than 10 m has ever been found.
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In the final scene when the Eustreptospondylus find the beached Liopleurodon, a patch of grass-like greenery can be spotted in a shot. Grass hasn't evolved in the time this story takes place.
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The narrator claims that the Ophthalmosaurus' jaws are toothless, but we see they have many, many teeth. The visuals are in this case correct: these animals really did have lots of pointy teeth.
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Miscellaneous 

In the final shot of the episode, as the young Ophthalmosaurus swim away, the camera buckles a bit, but the animals keep moving as if the camera were still.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Ophthalmosaurus is giving birth, it is evident that the animatronic used in this scene is being damaged by the water - bits of "skin" are falling off, revealing whitish rubber underneath.
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In one shot, when one of the Cryptoclidus splashes into the sea, there is a puddle of water under its belly - and it shows no reflection of the animal.
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As the Rhamphorhynchus are eating the horseshoe crab eggs on the shore, watch the one closest to the screen: the shadow of it's head is rendered wrong, and doesn't accurately mimic the movements the head makes. When the tip of its beak touches the ground, its shadow doesn't come closer.
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In the closeup shot of the mother Ophthalmosaurus' eye, you can notice how the rubber around the eye is slowly coming off.
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After the Cryptoclidus plunge into the water, they briefly become see-through.
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The small, protruding bulges on the belly of Ophthalmosaurus in some quick shots reveal where the mechanical attachments are connected to the Ophthalmosaurus model.
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The blue-screen effect of the Ophthalmosaurus pup has been rendered incorrectly, as evidenced by the strange blue spots that run along its body, through which you can actually see the objects in the background. This effect makes the animal seem transparent.
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When the Eustreptospondylus catches the Rhamphorhynchus, the latter doesn't appear to be inside its mouth, but behind its head.
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In several underwater shots, some of the animals are see-through.
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