PBS has been presenting some of the best programming for families on television for almost 40 years. Some of its best programs include the following: Masterpiece, Frontline, American Masters, documentary movies and more. It also presents programming live from concert halls and educational sites. Further, PBS.org provides much additional educational material that includes: filmed videos, video previews, live feeds and extra information for its programs.
On August 30, USA Today reports that PBS will provide a live, 3-night event starting August 31 through September 2 entitled Big Blue Live. This live television and online event celebrates the wildlife success story at Monterrey Bay involving the migratory convergence of the following marine life: humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, pelicans and more. Big Blue Live brings together the following for three spectacular nights in Monterey Bay: scientists, filmmakers, photographers, animal behaviorists, and other experts. Set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary where the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth, this wildlife success story involves a wide range of marine creatures for a once-a-year, migratory, convergence of a marine animal phenomenon.
The event is presented on PBS and the BBC. The program is anchored live from a Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Viewers can watch one of nature’s phenomena through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and under the water. Those who watch will learn about the marine creatures that are viewed.
Episode 1 plans to follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Viewers can watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels to get facts about humpback whales.
Episode 2 plans to dive into the world of Monterey’s sea lions. Viewers will also see and hear about the bay’s rejuvenation through sea otters’ return. Further, television and online watchers can join a scientist who’s trying to help solve the mystery of shark migration. Furthermore, viewers will be able to study white sharks and elephant seals.
Episode 3 plans to follow teams on the water and in the sky as they search for the blue whale, whose is considered the giant of the sea. Viewers will be able to see inside the whale, as they get close and personal with these giants of the ocean.
Previews, filmed videos, and live feeds are available online at PBS. Viewers can watch the event in real time on PBS stations
Dr. M. Sanjayan, who will be involved in the event, discusses Monterey Bay. He explains the yearly migratory event that inspired Big Blue Live. He shares how one the nation’s most spectacular marine protected areas at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. He describes the area as a “Serengeti of the Sea” that stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambria. He says it includes the following: pristine beaches, jewel-like tide pools, lush kelp forests, steep canyons and an offshore seamount teeming with life (from tiny shrimp to giant blue whales). He explains that the many marine animals have made long and difficult migrations to reach Monterey Bay, as they count on a glut of fish and plankton.
On August 30, the New York Daily News reports that Big Blue Live co-host M. Sanjayan, senior scientist at Conservation International. says of of Monterrey Bay that “This is one of the few places on the planet where it actually looks better today than 50 years ago.”
Monterey Bay has a shoreline of 276 Statute Miles ( about one quarter of California’s coast). It is about the size of Connecticut. Its deepest point is Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon. It would fill about 7,469,681,093 olympic-sized swimming pools. The average ocean surface temperature is 55F. The animals there include the following: Marine Mammals, 34 species; Seabirds and Shorebirds, more than 180 species; Fishes, at least 525 species; and Turtles, 4 species Invertebrates. There are 1,276 reported shipwrecks and 718 prehistoric sites there.
PBS and BBC viewers are in for a phenomenal treat as they witness the convergence of such a wide range of spectacular wildlife with the help of modern technology and cameras, as well as with commentaries of scientists and other experts.