Sunday, 12 March 2017
630 The Coral Jungle
First viewed : 9 September 1983
Channel 4 gave us a late summer break from music between the end of Switch and the start of the second season of The Tube. In the same time slot we had a series of colourful nature documentaries about the coral seas presented by Leonard Nimoy. The series actually dated back to 1976 but hadn't been shown here before.
I found the one about sea snakes the most interesting. There was a team of scientists collecting sea snake venom which faced the difficulty that, despite being highly venomous, most sea snakes are surprisingly docile and reluctant to bite. Therefore you have to seriously provoke them to get a sample. I remember a diver going in and antagonising one of the most poisonous species and coming under ferocious attack although he avoided injury.