Animals of Fernandina My Pet and Me


Animals of Fernandina

Special edition of the factual series about pets. Ferne meets Moz on the protected island of Fernandina and together they learn about the island's wildlife.


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-Hello, I'm Rory.

-And I'm Ferne.

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Today, we have come to a very special place.

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We've travelled all the way from the UK to this amazing group of islands

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off the coast of Ecuador in South America - the Galapagos Islands.

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We've come to meet some children who can tell us

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about some of the wildlife here.

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Some of the animals here cannot be found anywhere else.

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-Ferne, what are you up to today?

-I'm meeting a new friend

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and we're going on a wildlife spotting adventure.

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-You can come with me. See you later.

-See you.

-Come on.

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# Down every street

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Are pets to meet

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# Some big, some small Some scaly, some furry

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# Some keep very still Some are always in a hurry

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# Some have four paws

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# Some have sharp claws

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-# Some quack

-Some bark

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-# Some purr

-Some moo

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-# Some grunt

-Some squawk

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# Some cock-a-doodle-doo

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# Have you met my pet and me? #

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SHIP HORN BLARES

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Today, I am on the volcanic island of Fernandina,

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the third largest island in the Galapagos.

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I'm going to meet Moz and his dad, Godfrey. Let's find them.

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The island of Fernandina is a very special place.

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It's a volcano, so the ground is made up of black volcanic rock.

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It's not suitable for people to live on this island

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but lots of animals do.

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Many of them can't be found anywhere else in the world.

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-Hola, Moz.

-Hola, Ferne.

-Lovely to meet you.

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-You must be Moz's dad, Godfrey.

-Yes.

-Lovely to meet you.

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-Very nice to meet you.

-I have heard so much about you.

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Moz's dad has spent years studying the Galapagos animals,

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especially those in Fernandina. This island looks incredible.

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-Shall we explore around?

-Yeah!

-Come on!

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The most famous animal that lives on Fernandina Island

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is the marine iguana. It's a very big lizard that can swim in the sea.

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It can only be found in the Galapagos Islands.

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There are loads of other amazing animals that live here.

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Hopefully, we'll see some today.

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-Let's see what we can find.

-Right.

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Let's have a look. This place is amazing, isn't it, Moz? Look, look!

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-What's that?

-A fur seal.

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A fur seal, and it's come out of the water.

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Aren't they beautiful?

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SEAL BARKS

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Fur seals got their names because their fur is really thick.

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When it's sunny, they need to hide under rocks

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so they don't get too hot, which is what this one is doing.

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-I can see some more there!

-Let's go see.

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Look here! He's having a bath.

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And look, there's a little baby!

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What's here? Oh, look!

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SEAL BARKS

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How amazing is that?

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There's another baby! Can you see the baby on the rocks?

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This time of year is when they all start having their pups.

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This place is filled with pups. It's absolutely amazing!

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Look, Moz, a fur seal swimming pool.

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-Wow!

-Wow!

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Isn't this amazing? Can you see them all swimming, Moz?

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There's lots of babies in there.

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Do you think they're learning how to swim?

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They go boom, and they go inside the water.

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They're very fast at swimming, aren't they?

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-This little one here crawling up is having a bit of a rest.

-So cute.

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Moz, look. Look, it's a hawk.

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There's one more over there.

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-Is there another one?

-There.

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This is the Galapagos hawk and it can also only be found here,

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in the Galapagos. On this island, it is the top predator.

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It will eat anything that will fit in its mouth,

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from lava lizards to young iguanas and even other birds.

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It is this animal that all the other animals need to keep

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a careful watch-out for. It's incredible.

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-Moz, what are these? Are they crabs?

-Yes.

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-What colour are they?

-Red crabs. My favourite colour.

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These beautifully coloured crabs are called Sally Lightfoot crabs

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because they skedaddle across rocks and water.

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They're really quick.

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-How do they move?

-Going side like this.

-Just like this?

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Do they go like this?

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It's a bit of a scuttle, isn't it? Tch-tch-tch.

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-How do they eat their food?

-They do...

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And...

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The grown-ups are these beautiful colours.

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They have reds and oranges on their backs and lovely blue tummies.

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But the young ones are quite dark - the same colour as the rocks,

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to hide them from predators. But as they get older and stronger,

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there's less things that can eat them, so they can be more colourful.

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We've seen some amazing wildlife on Fernandina.

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Rory, what else is special about this island?

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Well, Ferne,

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Fernandina is one of 13 major islands

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that are part of the Galapagos Islands.

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Fernandina is a protected island and so is the sea around it.

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This means that very few people are allowed to visit the island,

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so the animals and where they live are left undisturbed.

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There are animals that live here

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that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.

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This is why it's protected. It's an incredibly special place.

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My pet and me!

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-Look, Moz, what are they?

-Turtles.

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Shall we say hello to the turtles? Say, "Hola". Hola.

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I think they are green turtles.

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Green turtles are only found in a few places around the world

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and it is rare to see them snoozing on a beach like this.

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They can sleep under water, which they do most of the time.

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They can swim really fast - even faster than we can run.

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They're so wonderful. They can live to be 80 years old.

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-Moz, how many turtles are there?

-I can see one, two, three.

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That's right. Three.

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They're up on the sand, having a bit of a snooze.

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The turtles are resting or basking,

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which means they come up and lie in the sun

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to warm up after having a swim in the sea.

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I love the turtles.

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They're amazing!

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Moz, this is a really big surprise.

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Look at this. Moz, there's a penguin. Can you see?

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Penguin! Here we must stay. We don't want to scare the penguin.

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-OK, so shall we stay here and look at it?

-Yes.

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-What colour is it, Moz? Can you tell me the colours?

-Black and white.

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-Yeah. I love penguins.

-Me too.

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I can't believe we get to see one, Moz.

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Galapagos penguins are so rare and we are really lucky to see one.

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Most people think penguins only live in cold places

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but it is quite warm here, and what allows the penguins to live here

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is because the sea is so cold

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and a cold sea means lots of fish for them to eat. They're amazing.

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My pet and me!

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We have found a lovely little colony of flightless cormorants.

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-Aren't they beautiful, Moz?

-Yes.

-Yes, they are.

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-What colour is that one's feet? Can you see the feet?

-Black.

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-They've got black feet. Are they big feet?

-Yes, huge!

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-He's standing on one leg!

-Yes, he's doing one feet.

-Yeah.

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How big are his wings?

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-They're very small, but they're beautiful, aren't they, Moz?

-Yes!

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Flightless cormorants are very rare

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and they can only be found on two islands in the Galapagos -

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on Fernandina and Isabela. Over many years,

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they lost their ability to fly and their wings shrank

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because there are very few predators here that can get them

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and it's so warm here with plenty of food,

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so there is no reason for them to fly anywhere for winter.

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Look at their little wings.

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They're about a third of the size they'd need to fly. They're tiny.

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-What about that one down there?

-They're looking for fish.

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-They go swimming for fish.

-Yes.

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Flightless cormorants' feathers aren't waterproof,

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so they need to spend a long time drying out after swimming

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and there's one doing it right there.

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-What's your favourite thing about them?

-Their blue eyes.

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-They have beautiful blue eyes, don't they?

-Yes.

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-Do you like them?

-Yes.

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If the flightless cormorants could do absolutely anything, Moz,

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what would they do?

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If flightless cormorants could go anywhere,

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they'd go in a hot-air balloon.

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They would float over the islands

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and see how it feels like to fly.

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They would dive out of the balloon basket

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to catch some fish for their tea.

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Yum, yum!

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BIRDS SQUAWK

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Moz, what are these?

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-Blue-footed boobies.

-Blue-footed boobies.

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There are loads, aren't there?

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-They've got big blue feet, like this.

-Yes.

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-And they've got really big wings, don't they?

-Yes.

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-Wow! Are they good at flying?

-Yes.

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-Like that!

-Wow! Wow, yes, look at them.

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Whoa!

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Look at them! Look at those feet!

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Look at that colour. It's amazing! It's so blue.

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-Are some of them on nests, Moz?

-Yes.

-OK.

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And you can see some of them sitting on eggs, Moz.

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When they go to sit on their eggs,

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they put their blue feet on top of them and sit down very gently.

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They have their feet on top of the eggs so the eggs don't get too hot.

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Very clever.

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-A young one!

-Which, that one?

-Yes!

-Shall we go have a look?

-Yes.

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-How do you know that it's young, Moz?

-Cos it's white.

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-OK, so the babies are white and fluffy.

-Yes.

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The babies stay with their mum and dad for the first few months

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until they are strong enough to survive on their own.

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-Look!

-Ah. But it's feet aren't blue yet, are they?

-No, white.

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When blue-footed boobies are born, their feet are white.

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As they get older, their feet start to turn blue.

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-That one has got blue.

-Yeah, do you think that's his mummy or daddy?

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That's mummy.

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-There's one with two babies. Do you see the two babies?

-Wow!

-Just there.

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-They're tiny, only this big.

-Yes.

-So fluffy. I really like the babies.

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Look there.

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They're stretching out their wings, so they can learn to fly.

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They're practising the babies to fly.

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That's very important, isn't it?

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Look at the ground, Moz. Why is it all white?

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Blue-footed boobies do caca with white.

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So, all those rocks are white because of their poo.

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Would you like to live in a poo colony?

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Don't think so.

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We can find some birds that can dance.

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Oh, yes, I would love to see some dancing.

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-Whereabouts, Moz?

-This way.

-On the other side?

-Yes.

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-The other side.

-Let's go have a look for some dancing.

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-Look, what are they doing?

-Dancing.

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Look at their big tails. They've got their tails up

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and they're walking around like this - very slowly.

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Look at the way they walk. Because of their big feet, is it like this?

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-Like this.

-Bit difficult, isn't it, cos their feet are so big.

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It's quite clumsy-looking, isn't it?

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Moz, they go like this. Tch-tch-tch.

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-They go like this.

-Tch-tch-tch.

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They're beautiful! Moz, what are they doing now?

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Are they stretching their wings?

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They stretch their wings when they dance. They go...

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They move their heads at the exact same time. They bow to each other.

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-They're very polite birds.

-Yes.

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What noise do they make? It's kind of a...

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FERNE SQUAWKS

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MOZ SQUAWKS

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I love their dance, Moz.

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I have never seen a blue-footed boobie before

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and their feet are incredible.

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I love that colour. And I even got to see them dancing.

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Moz, I have had the most amazing time with you.

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You've shown me so many animals. Thank you very much. Put it there.

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Pff!

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My pet and me!

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Hi, Rory, what have you been up to?

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-I have been for an awesome snorkel. How was your day?

-Incredible.

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I went to an island and saw a bird who can't fly

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and another bird that does an amazing dance.

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-Wow, that sounds brilliant!

-It was.

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-Moz taught me lots about them. It was fascinating.

-Awesome.

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We hope you enjoyed it. We love sharing animal adventures with you.

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# Look where we've been

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# Look what we've seen

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# Thank you so much for showing us

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# The animals of the Galapagos

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# On land or sea

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# So much to see

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-# Iguanas, crabs

-And turtles too

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-# Flamingos, sharks

-A giant tortoise or two

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# Amazing wildlife to look at

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# In its natural habitat

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# Animals we've not seen before

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# Come back soon and see some more

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# My pet My pet and me

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# Come back and see my pet and me! #

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Bye!

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Ferne meets Moz on the island of Fernandina in the Galapagos and together they discover the wealth of wildlife that lives on this protected island. They even get to see the blue-footed boobies dance!


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