Miami, FL – May 27, 2014 - WPBT2’s Emmy award-winning original series, Changing Seas, debuts four exciting new episodes Wednesdays beginning June 18 at 8:00 p.m. This season, viewers will experience a thrilling trip to explore whale sharks, the corals of the Galápagos Islands and the last remaining population of Smalltooth Sawfish in the United States.
In addition to the broadcast premiere, the new episodes will be simulcast on www.changingseas.tv. Viewers will be able to engage in conversations with a panel of experts in an online chat room while watching the programs.
“We are thrilled to bring this sort of interactive programming to our viewers. Not only can they watch some informative and beautifully shot documentaries, but they can directly engage with the scientists featured in the episodes,” says Changing Seas series producer Alexa Elliott.
“I am so delighted that this important play and production which fortunately was preserved on film has been given this international recognition by the prestigious Digital Theatre of London and by the award-winning WPBT2 of South Florida and other Public Television outlets throughout the USA. The chance to honor the victims of the Holocaust and their memory by providing access to the plays message is an honor indeed” stated Mr. Mittelman.
SHOW #601: Living Fossils - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 8:00pm ET
In the deep, dark waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, strange flowerlike animals flourish. These sea lilies and feather stars, known as Crinoids, have been around in various forms since before the age of Dinosaurs. Now experts descend into the deep to study the animals from a submersible.
SHOW #602: Biggest Fish in the Sea - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 8:30pm ET
Each summer, the world’s largest known aggregation of whale sharks occurs just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, attracting tourists and scientists alike. Hundreds of these gentle giants come to the area to feed on plankton, giving experts the opportunity to learn more about the largest fish in the sea.
SHOW #603: Galápagos: Windows into the Future - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – 8:00pm ET
A co-production with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
The unique oceanic conditions of the Galápagos Islands serve as a perfect natural laboratory to study how climate change may impact corals in the future. Scientists spend a month in the archipelago to conduct research as part of the Global Reef Expedition.
SHOW #604: Saving Sawfish - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – 8:30pm ET
The strange, prehistoric-looking Smalltooth Sawfish were once coveted by anglers as popular trophy fish. But habitat loss and overfishing have greatly reduced the animals’ range and landed them on the endangered species list. Today, the fish are limited to South Florida, where scientists are conducting research to save the species.
Funding for this series is made possible by the Batchelor Foundation, Divers Direct/Emocean Club and the Do Unto Others Trust.
About Changing Seas
Changing Seas is a marine science series focused on ocean issues and exploration. The series goes to sea with explorers, giving viewers a first-hand look at how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier. Changing Seas airs on 90% of public television stations in the U.S. and in 34 countries across the globe. www.changingseas.tv
South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, WPBT2,is a community-licensed, not-for-profit media enterprise serving communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions and its own original productions. WPBT2’s digital media platform, offers: 2HD, a 24-hour high definition channel; Digital 2.2, Create, a cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement, and travel channel; World, a nonfiction documentary, science and news channel; Digital 2.3, V-me, a 24-hour national Spanish-language network and www.wpbt2.org, the WPBT2 website including the WPBT2 Video Player and uVu, a video sharing website.