Planet Earth II – Islands

Planet Earth – David Attenborough BBC

S02 E01 : Islands

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this is a post on the first episode of the long-awaited second season of Planet Earth – an incredible TEN years after the release of the first . Attenborough as per usual looking simply, adorable.

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Due to new technologies and camera’s they can now show us life on the planet in entirely new ways

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the cinematography and camera angles explored in this are just perfection.

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bringing you closer to animals then ever before + reveal new wildlife dramas never before seen – we get to see one of my favourite animals – the Serval (Savannah Cat), who are incredibly regal

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we begin our first leg of the journey with “Islands” – there are hundreds of thousands of islands, each one a world in miniature – the struggles to survive on these remote lands reflect the challenges faced by all life on earth

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our first furry friend we meet is on Isla Escudo De Veraguas off the coast of Panama : the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth

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id never seen much of sloths before but there’s actually something quite endearing about this little guy, also – sloths can swim?

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next its off to the Island of Kimodo in Indonesia – home to Dragons – 10 feet long and weighing 150 pounds – the largest living lizards on the planet

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Watching the two males battle for territory was entirely captivating, and crazy intimidating they are enormous.

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One of my favourite places for Attenborough to discuss : Madagascar, one of the biggest Islands and one of the oldest having split from Africa over 120 million years ago – with time + isolation its animals have adapted to take advantage of every available niche – the Island has some 250,000 species, most found nowhere else on earth – an island incredibly rich in fauna and flora

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Our first port of Call is the Lemur, from a single ancestor around 100 different types evolved – the largest of which is the Indri (whom we met in Attenborough’s 2011 mini-series ‘Madagascar’)

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could they possibly be any more enchanting?

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We see the smaller and more curious ‘Ring-Tailed’ Lemurs

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we visit the Volcanic Islands – rivers of molten rock

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Lava Lakes – in the last 50 years ten new volcanic islands have been formed – and damn are they mesmerizing

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this moment in particular i was quite transfixed by, hot molten lava flowing off the cliff into icy water

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we visit Fernandina (one of the Galapagos Islands) young and still active its a desolate place . The surrounding sea however is particularly rich with life – nearly every frame in this series looks like a HD postcard

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home to one of the strangest of reptiles : ‘Sea-going’ Marine Iguana’s – these are man-sized reptiles. Wow.

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they’re vegetarians but since theres little food for them on the land they graze on the sea-floor – a fully grown one can dive up to 30 metres and hold its breath for up to half an hour – fascinating to watch

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there are more than 7,000 individuals on Fernandina alone – they seem to enjoy a spot of sunbathing

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next we have the one that made the whole world shout at their tv and rally together for the epic chase between a new-born marine iguana and a whole loada snakes

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Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean we find that the rulers of the land are crabs – and lots of them, it seems reminiscent of one of those mummy movies where uncomprehendable amounts of creatures roam the floors

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Some turtles (a happi hippi favourite)

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some islands are so remote that few humans have even set foot on them – Zavodovski Island is one of them – its the last place on earth you’d choose to live, unless your a chinstrap penguin – plenty of food but an insanely risky lifestyle

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Attenborough comments that since the last series “our planet has changed and never have these wildernesses been as fragile and as precious as they are today” as with all of BBC’s nature documentary they are both informative, educational and also raise awareness about our ever-changing ecosystems

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we’re shown some inspiring and thought-provoking images of life, even in the harshest of conditions, finding a way

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we’ve some familiar faces creeping about in such gloriously HD episodes

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this weeks installation ends with some idyllic imagery

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as usual each episode is completely captivating – if you havent already seen season one then get on it straight away – if you have then enjoy the new episode weekly – this was “Islands” and next week is “Mountains”

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