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Sea Rescue

Sea Rescue

Spring 2013 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Sea Rescue is a half-hour documentary-style program spotlighting the rescues of sea life in peril, and the animal's subsequent rehabilitation and release back into its natural habitat. According to the program's website, viewers will learn how "rescued animals provide valuable insight into [the study of] biology and ecology." This program is hosted by Sam Champion, known to many from his role as the weather editor and host of short environmental segments on Good Morning America.

Champion teams with Sea World, whose marine biologists assist with rescues and rehab. Each episode includes several stories. One program shows dramatic efforts to save a humpback whale tangled in fishing nets; and also sight-saving surgery performed on a seal with cataracts. Another includes the rehab of a rarely seen beaked whale found stranded on a beach with shark bites; and a sea lion with a hook and fishing lure embedded in its jaw.

This excellent program takes viewers through each step of the dramatic rescues and rehabilitation, seamlessly including additional insights into animal behavior and ecology issues. Program information says Sea Rescue is appropriate for youth aged 13 to 16, but this family-friendly program will appeal to animal enthusiasts of all ages. Very young children may be anxious in some of the early scenes in which the animals are injured and endangered, but the stories all have happy and heartwarming endings as the rehabilitated animals are returned to the sea.

With its dramatic stories, educational content, and happy endings, Sea Rescue is sure to engage and satisfy viewers while giving them a much deeper appreciation for humans' role in preserving a safe, clean environment for the world we share with wildlife.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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Litton Entertainment

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