Don’t miss this epic event: The Monterey Bay, our backyard, is coming to live television this weekend!
BIG BLUE LIVE will air on PBS over three nights, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 from 8 to 9 p.m. PT.
The program will be anchored from open air studios at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and aboard National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research ships on the bay.
BIG BLUE LIVE was inspired by the dramatic recovery of ocean wildlife in the bay, which BBC series producer Adam White calls “one of the greatest wildlife conservation success stories on the planet.”
“Monterey Bay is a very special place that attracts animals from the four corners of the Pacific,” he said. “It’s a wildlife spectacle unique in the world. Most of the animals recently made a miraculous recovery. Few people thought they’d recover at all, let alone in the numbers you find here. And, all of this is happening between San Francisco and Los Angeles – two of the largest cities in the world. If it can work here, it should inspire the rest of the world to take care of their ocean,” he said.
“This is a remarkable opportunity to share with the world the incredible diversity of life in Monterey Bay,” said aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard. “It’s also a chance to highlight what happens when there’s a concerted public effort to protect the habitats and species that support healthy ocean ecosystems. Through BIG BLUE LIVE, millions of people will be able to see the results.”
“PBS continues to break new ground in science and nature programming with BIG BLUE LIVE,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive, PBS. “Through TV and other PBS platforms, viewers can experience and participate in the drama of the ultimate reality show as it unfolds in the natural world.”