by Matthew Cobb
By common agreement, the most terrifying footage of Sunday night’s BBC Life on Earth II – narrated by David Attenborough – was the scene where the newly-hatched marine iguanas on the Galapagos had to run the gauntlet of the racer snakes (the clue is in the name). The iguana eggs are laid in soft ground away from the water’s edge, and have to get to the safety of the rocky shore where they can take up their bizarre marine herbivorous lifestyle, which includes diving down as deep as 30 metres (roughly 100 feet) to graze on marine plants. Between the hatchling and the future lie the racer snakes.
This video is not an official one, and has no Attenborough commentary nor the stress-inducing pounding musical soundtrack (instead the poster has chosen to put some bizarrely soothing guitar music over it; I’d turn the sound off if I were you). Those are only available to viewers in the UK, who are advised to seek them out on YouTube or iPlayer. For the rest of you, you’ll have to make do with this – but quick, before it is taken down! [JAC: It was already taken down, but I’ve found another one, which itself will be taken down. Damn you, BBC! If you’re in the US, try the Twitter link below, which may work if the video doesn’t—or disappears.]