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One of the wonderful things about web culture is how well it accommodates the idiosyncratic and the strange. With a low budget and a dedicated audience, there’s no telling how far out you’ll go. And we’d say the sex lives of limpets is pretty far out.

Isabella Rossellini just returned for another season of her cardboard biology short films, titled Green Porno, and newly hosted by the Sundance Channel. And it’s only getting weirder.

The series started by detailing the mating habits of house flies and honey bees, but now they’re onto sea creatures like limpets, starfish and whales. There are still plenty of hermaphroditic invertebrates, but the sets are a whole lot more involved, and the new mood is more mournful than scientific.

In other words, it’s pretty offbeat stuff—even for the geeked-out world of nature documentary. Even with the help of the Sundance Channel, it’s hard to imagine this kind of project making it to television without a long string of miracles.

But a computer screen…that’s another story.

—R.B.

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