National Geographic unveils the ‘Mangroves of the Maya World’

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

The documentary premiers on September 4th

For the first time, the secret life of the ‘Mangroves of the Maya World’ it’s being revealed on a documentary made by National Geographic Channel, this production -which was filmed in the Yucatan Peninsula- will be premiered on September 4th in Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo.

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For 40 days the producer Alejandro Palma and the documentarist, Agata Lanz explored deep into the mangroves to exhibit the underworld of this fascinating ecosystem that extends throughout the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Weeks before the filming, we build a small palm-leaf shelter, but we settled there the night before so the animals wouldn’t notice our presence and the next morning we were recording them from a small hole”, told Palma to Radio Formula.

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The documentary was recorded using 4K technology (which is even superior than HD) to show the hidden beauty of the mangroves, habitat that is being threatened by human actions and is vital for the preservation of different species such as the manatee, the shark-whale, the flamingo and even for the coral reef.

The role of this habitat is so important for other ecosystems, all because it prevents the erosion of the land, protects the coasts from the wind and sea, and it purifies the water that ends in the ocean.

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Besides, Mexico held the 5th position on the global ranking of countries with widest extension of mangroves, at the north of the state of Quintana Roo,44 per cent of this natural protector, has been removed, says a research made by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

I hope that people can be more conscious about the protection of the mangroves when they get to know it, because I believe that we care about only the things that are close to our hearts… The images are amazing and take us, in a very natural way, to this habitat that needs our protection”, said Sasha Sokol, Mexican singer and narrator of the documental.

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