Unexplored Land Ep. 9: Stories of life and death in mangrove ecosystem

China's island province of Hainan is encircled by the warm Pacific Ocean, creating a coastal zone that changes all the time. Sometimes it is land, sometimes it is water. Tested by strong wind, heavy rain and scorching sun, the mangrove is the only tree species that can grow in the intertidal zone. They separate the land from the sea, and yet they glue them together. In this special ecosystem, all living things are intricately connected with stories of life and death. 

The dense canopy serves as a hunting ground for Asian weaver ants, the red-clawed crabs fight on the mudflat for food, the Mudskippers often irritate their neighbors while rolling in the mud, and the egrets stand on the branches, waiting for the best time to have a seafood feast. Check out this episode to learn more about the coastal mangrove ecosystem! 

About 'Journeys in Nature': Unexplored Land

Unexplored Land travels from the Qinling Mountains in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to southwest China's Yunnan Province, from the Changbai Mountains in northeast China to Jiangsu Province in east China. The stories offer an insight into the life of many unique species in China. A huge quantity of priceless footage was obtained through many hours of patient waiting and tracking in the field. Stay tuned!

For more:

Unexplored Land Ep1: The 10-Million-Year-Old Migration

Unexplored Land Ep2: This monkey with crimson lips is a highland star

Unexplored Land Ep. 3: Here comes the 'queen of the rainforest'

Unexplored Land Ep. 4: The harmony in competition

Unexplored Land Ep. 5: Trumpet blows for Deer King Contest

Unexplored Land Ep. 6: Amazing creatures in bustling Hong Kong

Unexplored Land Ep. 7: Together, we grow old

Unexplored Land Ep. 8: A challenge for horse monarch in Gobi Desert

(Cover image is a video screenshot; video shot by CGTN Nature film crew)

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