David Attenborough presented a chase scene as incredible as the iguana vs. the racer snakes. A moray eel and even an OCTOPUS gliding out of the sea across the rocks were horrors worthy of Doctor Who on Blue Planet II, by Jim Shelley

Mail Online | 12/3/2017 | Jim Shelley for MailOnline
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Blue Planet II may be beautiful, brilliant, television but let’s face it none of us are ever going snorkelling again - or even paddling after the ‘Shallows’ episode.

Admittedly David Attenborough may have had a more ecological message in mind but this was the obvious moral so far.


This week it transpired even rockpooling wasn’t safe.

The speed of the crabs and their agility (leaping from rock to rock like mini, free-running, Crustacean Tom Cruises) was bad enough. The creatures they were trying to escape from were the stuff of nightmares: moray eels sliding out of the water, gliding across the rock like anacondas, and even an octopus squelching on to the land like a monster from Doctor Who.

Run - Lives - Start

Run for your lives ! When did that start happening?!

It was hard to envisage anyone (even Attenborough himself) could ever match the nail-biting, jaw-dropping, spectacle of the famous chase in his last series: the newly hatched marine iguana being pursued by those racer snakes, descending on it like a seemingly endless, black, swarm.

Battle - Wits - Sally - Lightfoot - Crab

The battle of wits between the strangely named Sally Lightfoot Crab and a moray eel was close though. And not that different either...

Like the baby marine iguana the crab could move far faster than I for one ever imagined: sprinting over the land, speeding across the surface of the water using what looked suspiciously like the butterfly stroke, and leaping from rock to rock like an action hero.

Role - Racer - Snake - Moray - Creature

As usual, he wasn’t wrong. The role of the villainous racer snake was played by the evil moray eel - the only creature with teeth powerful enough to grip and crush its shell.

Every day the crabs massed on the shores of Brazil waiting for the tide to go so that they could race across the shallow sea to reach their favourite feeding ground and graze on...
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