Last night I watched the first two episodes of the BBC series Life and learnt that:
- Cheetas are mush smaller than ostriches.
- Some fish can fly – well, glide actually but it's impressive nonetheless.
- The sensors on a Venus fly trap must be touched twice within twenty seconds for the blades to shut.
- The Brazilian pygmy gecko is unsyncable.
- Komodo dragons can kill a much larger water buffalo with a single poisonous bite – and then wait for up to several weeks next to the buffalo waiting for it to die so that they can feast on it.
- Brown basilisk lizards can walk on water and are therefore nicknamed 'Jesus' or 'Jesus Christ' lizards.
- Dolphins are even more intelligent than I thought they were. A small group of dolphins in Florida make a circle of murky water by swimming rapidly, and then wait outside the circle to catch panicked fish jumping out straight into their open mouths.
Life is a beautiful series and totally worth the licence fee. You can still catch it on iPlayer (UK only I think, and until the 21st of December). Watch it in HD on a big screen if you can, it's stunning!