Galapagos

This three-part BBC Natural History Unit series, narrated by Tilda Swinton, explores the remarkable Galapagos Islands.

About the series

These episodes contain a bizarre variety of wildlife, as the islands sit at the convergence of four major ocean currents. These remarkable creatures include the sea-going marine iguanas, which are the real-life inspiration for the film, Godzilla, that can dive up to 20-metres deep in the sea. This is also where the rarest animal on earth lives, an 80-year-old giant tortoise.

These fascinating islands have a bewildering array of animal life and are one of the most volcanic regions on earth. They actually provided the inspiration for Darwin’s theory of evolution, and are now seen very much as a living laboratory.

Galapagos is presented in a pioneering new visual style, combined with stunning cinematography, while the huge variety of wildlife is just fascinating. This can be seen with the different eco-systems of the islands. As the western islands rise from the sea and support life, the eastern islands sink beneath the crashing waves and are intimidating for all life. Meanwhile, the middle islands are fertile and lush, revealing that nowhere else on earth are there two extremes of life so close together.

The three-part series includes:

  • Episode 1 - Born of Fire
  • Episode 2 - The Islands That Changed the World
  • Episode 3 - Forces of Nature
  • BBC Earth DVD

Credits: Southern Isabela, Galapagos © Patrick Morris. Iguana © Patrick Morris.