Sunday March 8 at 7:30pm on ABC1
In the final episode of breathtakingly beautiful series Wild Caribbean, explore the western shoreline of the Caribbean – the Central American coastline – stretching over 2,700 kms from Panama to Mexico. With thousands of islands and reefs, this area is bursting with colourful wildlife and marine life.
Included in the area is one of the world’s most impressive engineering feats – the Panama Canal. One of the busiest waterways in the world, the 75km long waterway treats passengers on the ships passing through to glimpses of wildlife living in the rainforest jungles beyond.
Panama is also home to the Caribbean’s largest archipelagos including the islands of San Blas. San Blas are home to a unique community of people – the Kuna Indians. Excellent skindivers, the Kuna Indians still live a very traditional lifestyle and have retained much of their culture and traditional dress.
The deep, nutrient-rich waters of the western coast also attract a diverse array of marine life. Jellyfish, varieties of open water fish, killer whales and the largest fish of all – the whale shark - cruise the waters devouring the huge supply of plankton. While in the shallow reefs over 400 kinds of fish, all different shapes and sizes, provide a kaleidoscope of colour.