There are transparent thingamabobs!
We’re in Sihcao, Tainan today, getting a lesson on…
We call them “red groves” because…
Yes, that’s right!
The branches and stalks can be used to make red dye.
The reason why it becomes red is because it contains
This is tasty.
So Cedric, you know that where fresh and salt water
meet, you find mangroves, right?
And do you know how many different kinds of mangroves
there are here?
Very good! Now, which four?
The shark mangrove, the octopus mangrove, the Godzilla
mangrove and I guess this one is right, the spider
Hahaha, OK, the spider mangrove is one of them, there’s
the grey mangrove, and then there’s something called
the kandelia or water pen mangrove and then I think
there is a black mangrove.
Now seriously, what is so special about Sihcao is
that all four kinds of mangroves are in the same place,
and that’s pretty rare.
Michella, what exactly is the mangrove good for?
You see how the roots go into the water and kind of
grab onto the soil? They actually keep the mud walls
intact, which prevents floods. It’s also good for
timber and for red dye.
You see how there are lots of birds in the mangrove
Birds live there and what do birds produce?
Out of the other orifice?
Ah, that would be poop.
That's right, the shrimp, the crabs, the fish like
the mudskippers that we see, they eat that poop.
I don’t know and maybe you've tasted it before, but
the birds definitely find the fish, the crabs and
the shrimps delicious.
So basically that makes a whole food chain just in
Some people call this the Amazon river of Taiwan.
What do you think?
Ah, it reminds me of a place north of Paris that we
call “The Green Venice, La Venice Vert.”
I’ve never been there, but this is definitely beautiful.
It reminds you of home, huh?
I am home.
You are home.