Two films about the Amazon. The first features the controversial Amazon aquarium trade. Many of the beautiful fish found in aquariums all over the world have made a very long journey to get there – often, from places as far flung as the Amazon. More than 3,000 fish species live in the Amazon River and its tributaries. Some of these are caught and sold on as ornamental fish because of their vivid colours and graceful flittering movements. This film explores the Amazon River and its spectacular fish and examines the effects of the aquarium trade.
The second film turns the focus on the Amazon’s most deadly and fascinating creatures – the river predators. The Amazonian rainforest, flooded by up to ten meters of water every year, is one of the world’s last wetland frontiers. These huge flood plains are home to many remarkable predators including the infamous piranhas; stealthy pink river dolphins; the giant pirarucu fish; giant anacondas, and the jaguar.