Cuttlefish are some of the strangest animals on the planet. The shape-shifting creatures can hypnotize their prey, impersonate the opposite sex and even kill with lightning fast speed. More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, they have a remarkable ability to change skin color — even shape — to blend into most any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all the invertebrates. But are they capable of learning and remembering complex tasks?
The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans — a third of all the pelicans in Australia — arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans that hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea.
Young people are entering the juvenile justice system in surprising numbers, and they seem to emerge worse than when they entered. A group of innovators applies the restorative justice principles of the Maori people of New Zealand to the mean streets of Baltimore. Can the wisdom of the Maori help slow the explosion of kids in jail? Could it help fix juvie justice?
"Fixing Juvie Justice" airs on Tuesday, August 13th at 8:00 p.m. on channels 3 and 3-1.
The second installment of the nature series A WALK IN THE PARK WITH NICK MOLLÉ explores the Colorado, Big Thompson, Cache la Poudre and St. Vrain rivers located within the northern Rocky Mountains. With sound science, respect and a touch of humor, host Nick Mollé traces the sources of the streams — from the top of the Rockies to the bottom of the Grand Canyon — and explores the scenic natural habitats of the region's indiginous animals, including beavers, moose, bears, coyotes and others. Along the way, he carefully illustrates the role humans play in each ecosystem.
In Washington, DC, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Michael Flanigan visit the Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters of the U.S. State Department and its diplomatic reception rooms, including the Thomas Jefferson State Reception Room, appointed with some of the best Americana of the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include a 1958 signed letter by Martin Luther King Jr.; a circa 1965 Andy Warhol lithograph; and a unique, turn-of-the-20th-century, hand-wrought Gorham silver tea set, valued at $90,000.