Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Charles Darwin menaces an iguana.

Picture Charles Darwin conducting his research on his world-changing expedition to the Galapagos islands. Do you imagine him serious and scholarly, or youthful and enthusiastic? I bet what you do not picture him doing is spending an afternoon repeatedly throwing an iguana into the sea in the name of science. The same iguana.

A marine iguana, for once not being bullied by Charles Darwin.

He did, though. From his Journal of the Voyage of the Beagle:

It's an arresting mental image, isn't it? I would love to know how many times 'several' is. Surely at least six. Nor had Charlie finished playing tricks on lizards:

I hope these two iguanas were related. 'You'll never guess what happened to me today!' 'Wait, wait, me first...'


SylviaHolly said...

Have you heard of the Darwin Awards? They're given to people who die doing stupid things.


Kirsty said...

The randomness of your blog never fails to disappoint

Tealin said...

Funny how scientists of yore were so quick to anthropomorphise, at a time when animal cruelty was rampant – now we're not supposed to ascribe human thoughts or feelings to animals but having compassion for them goes without saying. There's got to be some sort of interesting social study in there. (probably not as fun as chucking iguanas into the sea, though.)

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