EARTH A New Wild

Episode 5 | Water

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 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.

Previews + Extras

  • 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.

  • Wonderful Cichlids: Eating Dirt: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

  • Sanjayan Gets Snapped: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    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.

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

    Next on Episode 5 | Water

    S1 E5 - 30s

    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.

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