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Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures.



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Islands are often isolated, creating unique, somewhat specialized fauna, as notably terrestrial species ar stuck and adapt separately. Special conditions can include the absence or inescapability of predators, scarcity of partners and harsh conditions such as weather or volcanic activity, which also creates new islands, as in the Galapagos. Even tiny islands also may have unique populations, even large ones like Madagascar entire types. Some species thrive surprisingly, like Komodo monitors on their Indonesian Island or even penguins on Antarctic ones. Written by KGF Vissers

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18 February 2017 (USA)  »

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July 2016 It is the first time that Zavodovski Island has been witnessed erupting, showering the Penguins in ash. although there is evidence that it erupted in the 1970s, possibly in the 1980s and as late as 2012. See more »


Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #53.9 (2017) See more »

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Yet Another Masterpiece
7 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sir David and BBC are back at it again with an even better production quality, and a much more 'consuming' experience. "It's like the Planet Earth (2006), but better in many ways!" Hans Zimmer's soundtrack also takes it to a whole other level, and even though you are looking at the beautiful Planet Earth, the experience seems out of this world. It's all beautiful, but there is nearly always one standout O-M-G did-you-see? scene in these Attenborough shows. The base- jumping goslings in Life Story a while back, for example. In this, it happens on the island of Fernandina. A marine iguana hatchling emerges from the sand and sets off on the journey to join the adults at the edge of the sea. Oh no, this kind of journey scares me. What's it going to be? From the side of the frame, something else appears, and keeps on appearing … snake! Then another, and another – racer snakes, and it soon becomes apparent how they got their name. These snakes are fast, and hungry, and they want baby iguana for breakfast. Overall, it's easily one of the best, if not THE BEST TV Show ever to have been produced, and everybody seems to love it, because it is impossible not to.

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