Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

Updated 01 January 2013
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Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

LONDON: Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which began yesterday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D,” which goes out on Britain’s Sky television.
It was only identified as a separate species in recent years and it will be the first time the creature has been seen on screen. It was filmed on the island of Isabela in the volcanic Ecuadoran archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. “It was a privilege to see it,” said Attenborough. “It’s a remarkable thing in this day and age when you think about the number of scientists per square meter in the Galapagos, and yet suddenly we have discovered a new species. “A little periwinkle or something which nobody has identified before is one thing, but this is more than that: it’s a large, pink iguana.”
Series executive producer Geffen added: “When he finally came face-to-face with the iguana it was just one of the most extraordinary moments that I’ve ever experienced: Here was the world’s greatest naturalist coming face-to-face with a new species. “In the footsteps of Charles Darwin but almost 200 years later, David Attenborough was capturing the rare species on film for the first time.” Attenborough celebrated 60 years with the BBC last year in a career that has seen him win many awards and the respect of the scientific community.


Bad call: Passenger kicked off IndiGo flight for trying to charge phone in cockpit

Updated 26 September 2018
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Bad call: Passenger kicked off IndiGo flight for trying to charge phone in cockpit

MUMBAI: A passenger was kicked off an Indian flight after he tried to access the cockpit to charge his phone, the airline said Wednesday.
The incident took place as an IndiGo flight was preparing to take off from Mumbai for Kolkata on Monday.
“While an IndiGo aircraft being on the ground an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged,” IndiGo said in a statement.
“Following standard operating procedures, the captain ... initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation,” the airline added.
An airport official told the Press Trust of India news agency that the man, said to be in his mid-thirties, was drunk.
Police questioned and then released him without charge, the official added.
It was the second bizarre incident involving an Indian domestic flight this week after a passenger tried to open an exit door in mid-air, apparently mistaking it for the toilet.
The man was traveling with GoAir from New Delhi to Patna on Saturday when he attempted to open the aircraft’s rear exit, the carrier said.
A co-passenger raised the alarm and the man was apprehended by the crew.
He was handed to the authorities for questioning on arrival and later released.
Indian media reports said he was a first-time flier.
India’s airline sector has seen a six-fold increase in passenger numbers over the past decade as citizens take advantage of better connectivity and cheap flights, with many taking to the skies for the first time.