Sea of Grass

Pantanal – Sea of Grass is the story of the extraordinary creatures of Brazil’s wetlands, and the remarkable change which occurs every year to completely alter their world, and their lives.

Produced by NHNZ

In the heart of Brazil a vast inland sea ebbs and flows in response to the wet and dry seasons of the tropics.  Within months this untouched landscape alters completely in response to the season’s call.  Where schools of fish once swam, deer now graze, as a land of water is transformed into a sea of grass.

As the lagoons and streams begin to dry, one of the greatest congregations of water birds anywhere gathers to feast on the aquatic bounty left in the water’s wake.  Giant jabiru storks are symbols of the Pantanal.  At nearly six feet tall, they are one of the largest flying birds in the world.  Along with the ostrich-like rheas, king vultures, and brilliantly coloured hyacinthine macaw they flourish in this land of extremes.

As the heat intensifies, the extraordinary creatures of the Pantanal — the six-banded armadillos, coatimundis, capuchin monkeys and caiman — must await the arrival of the life-giving rains to turn their parched world into a lush, liquid environment once more.

Spanning a year in the lives of the many creatures who make their homes there,  Pantanal – Sea of Grass is a unique view of one of the largest wetlands in the world.

Episodes From This Series

Sea of Grass

52 minutes / 2000

Land of Water

52 minutes / 2000