Saturdays are WILD on the National Geographic Channel. This week’s episode, which airs Saturday, September 19 at 8PM ET/PT, will explore the mangroves.
The Mangroves are called Tidal Forests because the life of a mangrove depends on the tidal ebbs and flows of the sea. The shape of the story will be governed by the tides and the seasonality, so individual species will be used to link the narrative flow. The Tides are particularly important for the rich and varied crab population, mudskippers, crocodiles (for their breeding and other behavior) and all the other creatures we are going to be filming for this project. The program is going to include large animals such as the hippos and their movements through the system. Other animals that have rarely been seen on film such as the Palm nut vulture, bush pigs, mongoose, monitor lizards and snakes feeding on fish and crabs found in the Mangroves. The program is also going to include the amazing hermit crabs and climbing whelks, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, sesamid crabs and Scylla crabs found in mangrove swamps. There will be mating behavior, eating habits and living habits highlighted in the program.
Doesn’t it sound like an incredible place? Here is a sneak peek video about one of the more interesting creatures, the mudskipper (also known as a walking fish). The mudskipper is a fish that can walk on land, a true beauty of evolution!
Be sure to watch or set your DVR to record! You won’t want to miss this one!