The Resource Life in cold blood : Invaders of the Land, narrated by David Attenborough

Life in cold blood : Invaders of the Land, narrated by David Attenborough

Life in cold blood : Invaders of the Land
Life in cold blood
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Invaders of the Land
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narrated by David Attenborough
The intimate lives of some of the largest and most impressive animals alive today {u2013} crocodiles, turtles and tortoises {u2013} are revealed in this final programme. All of them are covered in thick scales that have turned into armour, yet, despite their tough exteriors, these animals are capable of astonishing behaviour and warm-hearted interaction. David Attenborough begins the story of these ancient armoured giants in the Galapagos Islands among the beautiful volcanic mists, where he finds the biggest and most long-lived of all reptiles {u2013} the giant tortoises. Observing the difficulties they face, David says:2Making love in a suit of armour is not easy.3 Luckily, these tortoises have a solution {u2013} their shells are specially shaped so that the mating pair fit together like spoons. Green turtles mate in the water and face a different problem. Filmed in exquisite detail, a mass of green turtles in a stunning tropical blue sea passionately fight for a mate. The tension increases as several males frantically jostle to attach themselves to the female, almost drowning her in the process. Eventually, the attacking males give up and the mating pair breaks free to take a life-saving breath of air. In Australia, David reveals newly-discovered behaviour. On a flooded road by a small river, over 40 huge saltwater crocodiles gather and work together to feast on migrating fish.Just like bears feeding on salmon, they gather together especially for this event and dramatically pick off fish as they leap through the air. This is remarkable behaviour, since these crocodiles are highly territorial and have to suppress their aggression when they are massed together. And there are surprising moments of compassion, too. Perhaps most touching of all is a female spectacled caiman, which has to escape the onset of a drought while looking after a whole crèche of babies belonging to other caiman mothers. Their only chance of survival is if she can lead them on a migration across a parched wasteland fraught with danger. The female rises to the challenge and leads the youngsters to a new life-saving pool of water. Finally, David concludes that the primitive reputation of reptiles and amphibians is far from the truth. In fact, they are very sophisticated {u2013} especially in the way they use energy. David says:2At a time when we ourselves are becoming increasingly concerned about the way in which we get our energy from the environment, and the wasteful way in which we use it, maybe there are things that we can learn from Life In Cold Blood.3
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  • Senior producer Hilary Jeffkins (Animal Crime Scene, Wildlife on One) ; series producer Miles Barton (Journey of Life, The Life of Birds) ; executive poducer Sara Ford (Wildlife on One [editor], Wildlife Specials, Jungle, Animal Camera)
  • Producer, Miles Barton ; Director, Scott Alexander , executive producer Sarah Ford
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Originally produced by BBCActive in 2008
Written and presented by David Attenborough
Life in cold blood : Invaders of the Land, narrated by David Attenborough
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