At 150 pounds, the alligator snapping turtle is a formidable presence in the waters of the bayou. But its hunting style relies on ambush, not intimidation - all with the help of a curious worm-like appendage in its mouth.
From St. Louis down to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River is an unstoppable force, gathering water from its many tributaries like the Missouri and Ohio Rivers to produce the greatest flow of water in the United States. Follow the final stage of the Mississippi as it powers through the Deep South and a maze of bayous. See how the water shapes the landscapes as it completes its march to the ocean and how its inhabitants, great and small, adapt to life on the wild side.
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