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EARTH A New Wild

Dr. M. Sanjayan takes viewers on a stunning visual journey to explore how humans are woven into every aspect of Earth's natural systems. EARTH A New Wild features footage from the most striking places on Earth and encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them.

Episode 5 | Water

54m 41s

In the EARTH A New WIld final episode, Sanjayan explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource: water. Unraveling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, he uncovers spectacular wildlife stories that center on managing the natural pulse of the planet’s water.

Episodes

  • Episode 5 | Water: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 | Water

    S1 E5 - 54m 41s

    In the EARTH A New WIld final episode, Sanjayan explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource: water. Unraveling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, he uncovers spectacular wildlife stories that center on managing the natural pulse of the planet’s water.

  • Episode 4 | Oceans: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 | Oceans

    S1 E4 - 55m 11s

    Starting on the most pristine reef on Earth, home to more predators than prey, Sanjayan draws on his own ocean experiences to reveal a vibrant community of scientists, engineers and fishermen who are providing solutions that can help restore the oceans in astonishing ways.

  • Episode 3 | Forests: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 | Forests

    S1 E3 - 55m 17s

    Journey deep into the great forests of Earth for a new way of looking at these wild places and the animals that live there. Sanjayan travels into an uncharted area of the Amazon that scientists believe is the most bio-diverse place on Earth. From there he follows unique animal behavior in Alaska’s Great Bear Rainforest and meets the farmers in Portugal’s cork forests.

  • Episode 2 | Plains: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2 | Plains

    S1 E2 - 54m 39s

    Explore the giant herds that roam the wild grasslands of the plains. Home to the greatest gathering of animal life on the planet, they are also increasingly our bread basket — and among the most endangered places on Earth. Dr. Sanjayan follows a unique elephant conservation project in South Africa and tracks the prairies to see how Americans are saving their most-endangered mammal.

  • Episode 1 | Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 1 | Home

    S1 E1 - 54m 40s

    Travel deep into the wild to take a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the big animals that live alongside us. From cuddling baby pandas to avoiding man-eating tigers, Dr. M. Sanjayan investigates our changing relationships with the wilderness. Sanjayan focuses on the powerful stories that prove animals and humans can thrive side by side. It’s a new kind of wild.

Extras + Features

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    Next on Episode 5 | Water

    S1 E5 -

    Sanjayan explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource: water. Unraveling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, he uncovers spectacular wildlife stories that center on managing the natural pulse of the planet’s water.

  • Wonderful Cichlids: Mouth Breeders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wonderful Cichlids: Mouth Breeders

    S1 E5 - 32s

    Lake Malawi has an incredible 850 endemic species of fish found nowhere else on earth, almost all of them some kind of Cichlid. Cichlids have evolved into thousands of different species far quicker than it took apes to evolve into just three species. This particular species has learned to hold all of its’ young in its’ mouth to keep them safe.

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    Wonderful Cichlids: Playing Dead

    S1 E5 - 21s

    Lake Malawi has an incredible 850 endemic species of fish found nowhere else on earth, almost all of them some kind of Cichlid. Cichlids have evolved into thousands of different species far quicker than it took apes to evolve into just three species. This fish plays dead in order to attract other fish then eats the fish who come and investigate. Video courtesy of Jay Stauffer.

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    Wonderful Cichlids: Eating Dirt

    S1 E5 - 1m 3s

    Some species of cichlid, which eat tiny insects and crustaceans, will swallow mouthfuls of sand. They then suck out animals like microscopic shrimp and filter out a cloud of sand through their gills. Video courtesy of Jay Stauffer.

  • Wonderful Cichlids: A Cichlid's Shell Is His Castle: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Wonderful Cichlids: A Cichlid's Shell Is His Castle

    S1 E5 - 24s

    It’s not just for feeding that cichlids have evolved some bizarre behavior, it’s also for the business of reproduction! During breeding and mating cichlids also display some unusual adaptations, they build arenas out of sand that males will dance in or other species will use a shell as a home. Sanjayan comes across one individual who has made his home in a shell.

  • A Natural History Detective Story: Encountering a Snail: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Natural History Detective Story: Encountering a Snail

    S1 E5 - 32s

    In Lake Malawi Bilharzia parasites grow and develop inside snails. The parasite can penetrate the skin of people wading, swimming, bathing, or washing in contaminated water. Within several weeks, worms grow inside the blood vessels of the human body and produce eggs and make the person sick. Unfortunately the cichlid which eats these snails has been overfished so the problem is growing.

  • A Natural History Detective Story: A Shallow Water Problem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Natural History Detective Story: A Shallow Water Problem

    S1 E5 - 1m 11s

    Bilharzia is a parasite transmitted to people via a water snail found in Lake Malawi. Normally these snails are not found in the shallows where people who lived by the lake bathed and washed but something had changed. Expert scientist, Jay Stauffer found the shallows were infested with the snails and the snails were infested with the Bilharzia parasite. And the ultimate problem was over fishing.

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    Sanjayan Gets Snapped

    S1 E5 - 1m 3s

    Filming the Singing Wells sequence of the Water episode of the series was done in the dry season in Kenya. While Sanjayan was waiting between takes, a local Samburu tribesman used his mobile phone to photograph Sanjayan. He contemplates how the Samburu's tradition of digging wells is for good reason and that it’s not because the tribesmen are not aware of other options to water their cattle.

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    Tuna Is Tagged in Papua New Guinea

    S1 E4 - 2m 10s

    On a month-long mission in the Solomon Sea, a team aims to tag as many Skipjack Tuna as possible to find out where they go and various unknown elements of Tuna life history. All the data will help to know where in the ocean to protect.

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    Tiger Sharks Feast on Turtles at Raine Island, Australia

    S1 E4 - 2m 7s

    Tiger sharks feast on dead turtles at Raine Island, Australia. The sharks are drawn there by the abundance of dead turtles which have died due to sheer numbers by being buried or turned over in rock pools. The turtles return annually to lay eggs on the same beach they hatched from.

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    Student Scientists Tag a Baby Lemon Shark

    S1 E4 - 2m 31s

    Just after birth, the newborn lemon sharks are measured, tagged and a DNA sample is taken before the young sharks are returned to the mangroves. This provides information to an ongoing database to back up theories that lemon sharks return to the same location they were born to give birth themselves.

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