“Big Blue Live” TV & Online Event Celebrates California Marine Diversity


Spreading the word about this cool television and online event happening on Monday August 31: Big Blue Live. Focused on celebrating local marine biodiversity on the California coast, viewers will learn about the birds, whales, sharks, sea lions and more animals that make their home in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. PBS is hosting this 3-day live event from August 31 to September 2, at 8pm PT and ET.

Local Bay Area educators are invited to a free educator viewing party on August 31 from 5:30-9pm at the local KQED offices. Some of the Cal Academy's TechTeens will also be on hand to talk about their work on the "DoNow" project.

Then on Tuesday September 1, there will be a marine biology "Twitter Party" at 7pm PT. Use #BigBlueClass to join.


Read on for the full description of "Big Blue Live," or head to their official website.


Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Set in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the bay has experienced an environmental rebirth. This wildlife success story attracts humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more for a once-a-year marine animal phenomenon.

A presentation of PBS and the BBC, Big Blue Live will bring together scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists, and other experts over the course of three spectacular nights. The program will be anchored live from a hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from a national marine sanctuary research vessel. Viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality shows” delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves.

Big Blue Live airs live on television and online over three nights, August 31-September 2, at 8-9pm ET, with another live feed to the West Coast at 8-9pm PT.

Episode 1
Follow migrating whales, sharks and various birds as they join sea otters, sea lions and other species that live full-time in Monterey Bay. Watch reports from Monterey Aquarium and NOAA research vessels and get facts about humpback whale anatomy.

Episode 2
Dive into the hidden world of Monterey’s sea lions and hear about the bay’s rejuvenation through sea otters’ return. Join a scientist who’s trying to help solve the mystery of shark migration and study the anatomy of white sharks and elephant seals.

Episode 3
Follow the team on the water and in the sky as they search for the giant of the sea: the blue whale. Venture inside the whale with Dr. Reidenberg and join Sanjayan on an incredible journey to get up close and personal with these giants of the deep.


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