The Caribbean is not just the islands. We explore the least known Caribbean, that area beyond the Sea. A journey along the greatest Caribbean shoreline of all, that of Central America.
From the Panama Canal with its wildlife filled rainforests and islands, the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua, to the Blue Hole "cenotes" of Yucatan in Mexico, this is a uniquely varied coastline. But the jewel in its crown is the Barrier Reef that hugs the coastline of Mexico, Belize and Honduras.
From the tropical coast with its nesting turtles we venture into the mountains and visit steaming volcanoes of Costa Rica and Panama. An exploration of the interior reveals areas of dense jungle and cloud forests full of exotic wildlife from quetzals to jaguars, anteaters to coatis. Such great diversity has come about not just because of the altitude and variety of habitats but also because it's where the creatures of both North and South American continents meet.
Panama, with its rainforest fringed canal and forested islands, has some of the highest biodiversity on earth. While on offshore islands of San Blas the legendary Kuna Indians still live off the sea like their ancestors before them. It's where modern cities and traditional lifestyles share the rich natural wonders in starkly contrasting ways. The archipelago of Torso del Boca with its mangrove nurseries, brilliantly coloured frogs and swimming slothes shows how animals adapt to a Caribbean lifestyle which is not as easy as it looks.
To the North lies the hostile and impenetrable Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras an insect ridden area of mangrove swamp. This is the domain of birds and crocodiles. An amazing landscape that is still to be explored.
But of all the lands beyond the Caribbean Sea the most intriguing is that of the ancient land of Yucatan in Mexico. Here there are magnificent caves and Blue Holes that harbour unique communities of weirdly adapted wildlife. On a journey of discovery we unravel the great sub terrain mystery of this part of the Caribbean. Important ritual sites of the Mayan empire, and the fresh water cenotes, form a unique habitat for many creatures. Explorers of these stunning natural underwater cathedrals and fresh water rivers have discovered countless blind fish and cave adapted species. Massive stalagmites and stalactites indicate a drier past for the caves, as these forms can not be constructed underwater.
Is there a possible link with the stunning Blue Hole of Belize? This reef surrounded sink hole has been attracting divers for year, but what is the secret behind it beautiful form. What mysteries of the Caribbean's dark history could explain these incredible and immense cave systems?
Most amazing of all the jewels of the Caribbean is its Barrier Reef - the second largest coral structure on earth. Running along the western Caribbean coastline it creates its own current, and is home to some of the most dramatic underwater animals and marine events. At the right cycle of the moon, the seasonal spawning of snapper and grouper brings visitors from across the sea, massive whale sharks and manta rays - just some of the secrets of the Caribbean.
Narrated by: Steve Toussaint
Written by: Sophie Cooper
Title: Wild Caribbean-Hurricane Hell
File Size: 744 MB
Video Length: 00:49:04
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Subtitles: (External English)