Science Night this week explores the World War II underwater archaeological site left behind from one of history’s deadliest events: D-Day. Plus, Nature covers Florida Everglades National Park’s giant pythons, the park’s biggest and deadliest visitors to date.
Nature Invasion of the Giant Pythons at 7 pm
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional releases by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has become less of a haven and more of a killing ground every day since then.
NOVA D-Day’s Sunken Secrets at 8 pm
On June 6, 1944, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 allied soldiers, who stormed five heavily defended French beaches in an all-or-nothing assault on Nazi occupied Europe. Dive teams, submersibles, and robots alike now explore a massive underwater World War II site left behind from that fateful day.