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Natural World

  • Season 36
  • 8 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 1: Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment - Natural World

Summary

After being colonised by humans, Puerto Rico's rich natural resources were rapidly exploited for agriculture, industry and urban development. This documentary follows a conservation team fighting to save the most endangered creatures from extinction after they have been pushed to the edge of existence by human encroachment. David Attenborough narrates.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The stars of this film about Puerto Rican conservation efforts, narrated by David Attenborough, are 600lb giants Aramana and Yuisa. They are orphaned manatees, marine mammals lovingly raised in a special facility and nearly ready to be released into the wild. They’re gorgeous great lumps whose diet includes 50 lettuces a day. Still, however much you love manatees, the scene where one of them has to have an infected abscess drained by a vet would test the strongest stomach.

Another magnificent giant is the female leatherback turtle - you don’t realise how colossal she is until a biologist sits next to her. We’ve seen plenty of nature films with turtles digging their nests on a sandy beach and the hatchlings later scrambling out, but they’re always a treat.

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Credits

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NarratorDavid Attenborough

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DirectorPeter Fison
EditorRick Holbrook
Executive producerDavid Dugan
ProducerCharlotte Lathane
Series editorRoger Webb

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