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Equator

  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Nature
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Episode 2: Rivers of the Sun

Summary

How the towering rainforests of the Amazon rely on the equatorial sun and rains - fuelling an environment that is like nowhere else.
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Review

We all know about the flesh-eating piranha, but have you ever come across the pirarucu? It’s the stuff of nightmares, a giant armour-plated fish with a neat turn of speed and a huge vacuum-like mouth that just sucks its prey out of the water, and can actually breathe air. It’s just one of the rather scary selection of creatures profiled in this brilliantly filmed documentary that flourish during the annual floods generated by the equatorial sun that provide the Amazon basin with some 20% of the planet’s fresh water. Manatees and sloths seem to have an easier time, but I don’t want to be anywhere near the tembaki, another fish with jaws strong enough to crack nuts, or the voracious giant otter, the “river wolf” of the Amazon.

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