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In this three-part documentary parody episode, the Futurama cast are shown as various animals including salmon, Galapagos tortoises, and elephant seals.

Tropes for this episode:

  • 20% More Awesome: Continuing the Running Gag, Beachmaster Bender brags that he's "40% ass".
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Lonesome Hubert and Mom are the last two surviving Pinta Island Tortoises and must mate to ensure their species will survive. It doesn't work.
  • Bears Are Bad News: "I am Brrr, DEVOURER OF FISH AND HONEY!" — We also learn the male bear ate some boy scouts.
  • Big "NO!": Salmon Fry when seeing salmon Leela swim off the other stream with his rival salmon Zapp.
  • Challenging the Chief: Beachmaster Bender is challenged for a duel for control of the beach. He prevails.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The rock that crushes the baby tortoises.
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  • Chocolate Baby: Beachmaster Bender brags about how all his pups for the year are his, completely unaware that the other males had mated with his harem and produced offspring that look identical to them.
  • Deus ex Machina: Salmon Fry being saved by Mama Bear.
  • Documentary Episode: The entire cast are reimagined as wild animals on the nature documentary series, Mutual of Omicron's Wild Universe.
  • Downer Ending: All three segments end with the protagonist being killed.
    • "The Salmon" has Fry and Leela reunite and successfully mate with each other, but they both die shortly afterwards.
    • "The Pinta Island Tortoise" ends with Lonesome Hubert's offspring being crushed, ensuring that his species will become extinct.
    • "The Elephant Seal" probably has the closest thing to a happy ending. While Kif is killed by the Beachmaster, the other males take this opportunity to mate with the rest of the Beachmaster's harem. This rendered moot shortly afterwards, once the Omicronians end up destroying the Earth.
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  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The aliens destroy Earth with their Wave Motion Gun in the final scene.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Salmon Fry and Leela get one of these.
  • Fat Bastard: Bender as the heavy-set Beachmaster ramps up all his Jerkass qualities, as no one can challenge an elephant seal his size.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Salmon Fry's "Son of a fish" when seeing salmon Zapp making it to the next stream plateau.
  • I Can Explain: Line said by Professor Tortoise when he is found mating a rock by the female tortoise.
  • Identical Grandson: Played for laughs. Bird!Fry in the second segment is actually his great great grandson Fry, whose only difference is a minuetly sharper beak.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Salmon Fry coughs right before dying.
  • It's All About Me: Salmon Bender's Final Words are "Tell my offspring I loved ME very much."
  • I Will Wait for You: Professor Tortoise wonders if the female he met 50 years ago at the far side of the island is still there waiting for him. Turns out she was.
  • Killer Bunny: Fish Nibbler devouring a giant moray.
  • Last of His Kind: Lonesome Hubert is believed to be the last Pinta Island Tortoise. His tale is inspired by Lonesome George, who was indeed the last of his species before his death in 2012.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Scruffy is a walrus in the elephant seal segment, although the two species don't have overlapping territories. Northern elephant seals can be found south of the Alaskan peninsula, while walruses are found further north.
  • Morphic Resonance: The animals bear features of their human counterparts.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: A recurring theme across all three segments is that nature is cruel, indifferent, and ultimately meaningless if a species is unable to pass their genes to the next generation.
    Narrator: And so, the endless circle of life comes to an end, meaningless and grim. Why did they live, and why did they die? No reason. (shot of dead fish floating off into the sunset)
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Beachmaster Bender not only crushes Kif beneath his blubbery weight during the fight, he continues to crush him in his sleep and doesn't know he's killed him until many hours later.
    Leela: Beachmaster, stop fighting! He's been dead since yesterday!
  • No Need for Names: It's pointed out that the salmon characters have no name because they are fish.
    Salmon Leela: I'll never forget you...fish.
  • Offing the Offspring: Beachmaster Bender crushes seven baby seal of his while rolling over in his sleep. He doesn't care because he can always repopulate.
  • Out with a Bang: Just like in real life, the salmon use up all their energy to travel upstream and mate, dying shortly afterwards.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Quite a few exotic species appear across the segments. "The Pinta Island Tortoise" contains many creatures native to the Galapagos, including Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and the titular tortoise itself. "The Elephant Seal" also focuses on the elephant seal, but also includes a cameo by Zoidberg as a vampire squid.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: We only see the birds commenting on the mating act between the two tortoises.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After spending so much time trying to get Lonesome Hubert to mate and save his species, all three of his offspring end up being crushed less than a minute after hatching; rendering his species extinct.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mutal of Omicron's Wild Universe is an obvious nod to the popular nature show, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
    • One of the creatures show during the opening is a facehugger from the Alien series.
    • The narrator is a Morgan Freeman sound-alike, referencing his role in narrating the nature documentary March of the Penguins.
    • Salmon Fry jumping the ridge between the two streams reminds of the iconic scene from Free Willy
  • Something Completely Different: A three-segment show where the entire cast are animals being made the focus of a nature documentary. It doesn't have much of the sci-fi comedy the show is usually known for.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: The salmon Fry and Leela do this while eating a small eel.
  • Spicy Latina: Professor Tortoise mentions that the female tortoise was a hot-blooded latina.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The snake encountered by Professor Tortoise and his entourage speaks like this.
  • Starcrossed Lovers:
    • "The Salmon" features Fry and Leela as two salmon who were hatched in different streams. They fall in love, but instinct forces them to separate as they return to their own streams to spawn.
    • Seal!Amy and her sorry suitor.
  • Tempting Fate: Salmon Hermes should learn to choose his words better:
    Hermes: Who wants a piece of me?
    Zoidberg: I'll try a bite!
    (Zoidberg grabs Hermes and bites his head off)
  • Swallowed Whole: Happens to several characters like Bird!Amy being swallowed by the snake.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The female seal have eye lashes.
  • Time Passes Montage: Professor Tortoise walks along his path as sun and moon interchange.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Early on in the salmon segment, salmon Scruffy is shown being eaten by lobster Zoidberg. However, later on when the salmon are getting ready to swim upstream, he’s seen with the other fish, no worse for wear.
  • Unreliable Voiceover:
    Narrator: The female conveys her receptivity through subtle vocalizations.
    Seal!Amy: Wanna do it?
  • Watching the Sunset: The two tortoises do this after mating.
  • Woman Scorned: The female tortoise is enraged when seeing the Professor mating a rock.

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