Digital animation has so many amazing applications, like answering the age-old question, "What would win in a fight, a saltwater crocodile or a Great White shark?" Okay, so maybe the sages haven’t been pondering this one for centuries, but thank God we have the technology to put these top predators in the ring for a little smackdown action. The Discovery Channel’s Animal Face-Off returns on sister cable network Animal Planet with Saltwater Croc vs. Great White Shark tonight, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., with replays on Jan. 6 at 3 a.m. and Jan. 8 at 3 p.m.
The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile on the planet and the great white is the world’s largest predatory shark. Though these toothy mammoths don’t usually cross paths, the northern Australian crocs are known to go offshore and into open water where such a showdown could occur.
The show uses robotic replicas of the animals to conduct experiments and applies data collected to computer-generated models for the virtual battle. If you missed the original airing of Saltwater Croc vs. Great White Shark back in March and you’re wagering on this commotion in the ocean, you might want to check out each competitor’s stats at http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/animalfaceoff/