10 Things you didn’t know about Jungles and Deep Oceans

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This week we’re screening PLANET EARTH: JUNGLES as well as PLANET EARTH: OCEANS DEEP! Here’s some cool facts about our world from the show.

 

80% of the Earth’s insects live in jungles.

Jungles occupy only 3% of the land, yet they’re home to over half of the world’s species.

 

New Guinea is inhabited by almost 40 kinds of birds of paradise, which avoid conflict with each other by living in different parts of the island.

Victoria crowned pigeon from New Guinea

Cordyceps is a type of parasitic fungus in the rainforest that specializes in zombifying different species of insects.

 

Chimpanzees are one of the few jungle animals able to traverse both the forest floor and the canopy in search of food.

Over 90% of the living space for life on our planet is in the oceans

 

The largest animal on Earth feeds almost exclusively on one of the smallest; krill, shrimp-like crustaceans.

 

Some blue whales weigh nearly 200 tons, twice the size of the largest dinosaur

In the ocean, there are 30,000 immense volcanic mountains, some taller than Mount Everest.

 

Sailfish change color to communicate hunting maneuvers to their pals.

 

 

Starring: David Attenborough

Sunset: 8:24

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