Nigel Marven
Biographical information
ProfessionWildlife presenter
The Ancient Mariner crew member
Broadcast information
Appears inChased by Dinosaurs: The Giant Claw
Chased by Dinosaurs: Land of Giants
Sea Monsters: Dangerous Seas
Sea Monsters: Into the Jaws of Death
Sea Monsters: To Hell... and Back?
Portrayed byHimself

Nigel Marven was a time-traveling wildlife presenter, zoologist and crew member of The Ancient Mariner. He was also the presenter of Chased by Dinosaurs and Sea Monsters.


In Chased by DinosaursEdit

101. The Giant ClawEdit

102. Land of GiantsEdit

In Sea MonstersEdit

101. Dangerous SeasEdit

Nigel traveled to the Ordovician as part of his voyage through time to visit the seven deadliest seas ever. Due to the alien atmosphere which contained less oxygen than that of the modern day, he had to carry an oxygen tank which contained a special air mixture. Nigel explained that due to the Earth's atmosphere, life could not evolve on land but under water, life was abundant.

Soon after, Nigel went to the shore and found it littered with festering animal corpses. Nigel found a dead Astraspis near the water and impaled it on a pitchfork, using it as bait. He then entered the water, wafting the smell of blood through the water. He then spotted a large silhouette in the water and lifted it out of the water - it was a Megalograptus. Nigel explained the sea scorpion's features and emphasized the danger of its sharp spines. He then released it back into the water where it began to shred the Astraspis at his feet. However, unfortunately for Nigel, the scorpion moved on him and started to tear his leg. Nigel bolted out of the water and jokingly remarked that the wound was "another scar for the collection".

Later, Nigel found a dead Isotelus trilobite on the beach. He took it back to base camp and said that he was going to use it to attract something larger than the sea scorpions. He then explained that he was going to fit a camera onto the trilobite but in order to accomplish that, he needed to pop out on of the eyes. Off screen, he popped out the eye and fitted the camera in, as a result creating the trilobite camera.

In the evening, Nigel realised that during the Ordovician, days were much shorter and that modern 24 hour watches were useless as each Ordovician day was 21 hours. This explained the reason why he thought the day had flown so quickly.

The next day, Nigel had geared up and placed all of his equipment in his motorboat. He explained that his scuba gear's oxygen tank contained a special air mix because if he dove with just oxygen, he would become unconscious. He then pushed the motorboat into the Ordovician waters as a Megalograptus watched.

When he reached open waters, Nigel threw the trilobite camera overboard and watched the recorded footage via an onboard monitor. Shortly after, he saw a Megalograptus approaching the camera and knocked the unwanted visitor off as it fed on the trilobite. Soon after, a large, tentacled creature approached the trilobite camera and began to feed on it. Nigel tried to reel in the camera but the creature was too large. Seconds later, the monitor cut to static. Nigel, realising that the creature was getting away, quickly geared up and dove into the water.

Nigel followed the trail left by the trilobite camera but found that the line ended on the seabed. However, in front of him were a colony of Megalograptus traveling for no apparent reason. He explained that there was originally one but then there was another and another. As he looked up, to his surprise, was a Cameroceras. The orthocone confronted him but fortunately for Nigel, he used a torch to repel the mollusk.

Nigel looked for the Cameroceras but it appeared that it had left. He then returned his attention to the Megalograptus but, then, suddenly, the Cameroceras reappeared and descended down onto one of the sea scorpions and ate it. Nigel watched in awe as the orthocone caught another scorpion before swimming off. Nigel then quickly grabbed onto the Cameroceras' shell and hitched a ride.

As he held on, Nigel realised that the Cameroceras was dragging him into deeper water. He quickly let go and jokingly thanked the orthocone. He followed the trail left by the trilobite camera to his motorboat and returned to the shore. However, as he arrived, he found a large group of Megalograptus spawning en masse. He quickly dashed across the shore, throwing Megalograptus out of his path. Nigel watched the sea scorpions before he traveled forward in time to the Triassic.

Nigel arrived in Triassic Switzerland and explained that the future rulers of the land - the dinosaurs - had just evolved but other reptiles dominated the land, the sky and the sea. Onboard The Ancient Mariner, Nigel surveyed the water's surface for marine reptiles and found a Nothosaurus taking in air. Nigel quickly geared up and took an electric prod with him as a safety precaution.

As Nigel entered the Triassic waters, he was instantly greeted by the Nothosaurus with its mate. As the reptiles circled him, Nigel explained that they were just curious of him as he was the first human they had ever seen. However, Nigel was poised with the electric prod just in case they got a little too curious. When one of the nothosaurs came close, he grabbed onto its jaws and rode it enthusiastically. Nigel then let the Nothosaurus go to let it breathe.

Moments after, Nigel found an incredibly strange reptile in-between some coral. He explained that the creature was a Tanystropheus and that it was one of the most preposterous animals ever. He swam towards the reptile and grabbed its tail. As the Tanystropheus tried to swim away, Nigel kept his grip. However, the tail of the Tanystropheus dropped off and the now tail-less creature quickly swam away. Nigel said that the tail dropping was similar to what modern lizards do and that it was used to distract attacking predators. As the tail violently spasmed, Nigel struggled to hold on.

Suddenly, a large creature stole the tail off of Nigel from above - it was a Cymbospondylus. As it was the top predator of the Triassic seas, Nigel decided to use his electric prod. As the Cymbospondylus circled him, it made a mock lunge at him, spooking Nigel. As the ichthyosaur approached again, he poked it with the prod and repelled it. As the carnivore came in again, he poked it again. As the Cymbospondylus approached him for a third time, Nigel traveled backwards in time to the Devonian.

102. Into the Jaws of DeathEdit

103. To Hell... and Back?Edit

In other coutriesEdit

101. FranceEdit

In France, Nigel is dub by Edgar Givry, a French dubbing artist. Another version called "Safari Prehistorique", literally translated "Prehistoric Safari", is dubbed by another dubbing artist, but the voice of Nigel is kept, and the dubber talk a bit after Nigel talk. This version has a lot of scenes when Nigel don't talk, and scenes that are not in the original documentary.

The two specials had been seen on France 3, a famous french TV channel. They where both sold in a single DVD called "Sur la Terre des Dinosaures : Les inedits", which mean "Walking with Dinosaurs : Specials".

The DVD contains the two series (Chased by Dinosaurs/Sea Monsters ).

Behind the scenesEdit

List of appearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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