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Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin

Spring 2014 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Not many people can boast—or post—selfies with Kodiak bears, but Jeff Corwin is the exception. The popular conservationist is known for getting close to the action for a good cause. Corwin's programs offer the perfect blend of education, adventure and excitement while introducing viewers to otherwise inaccessible habitats.

Ocean Mysteries, sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium, can be a bit of a misnomer. While it starts and ends each episode amidst the spectacular tanks of its sponsor, the show covers ocean-adjacent habitats or animals loosely tied to ocean themes. Still, it reminds us just how important and far reaching ocean life can be.

Corwin is a likeable personality, providing professional and age-appropriate scientific explanations for each segment. With the help of wildlife experts, park rangers and scientists, he creates a compelling story in a taut 30 minutes. Safety for people and the animals is emphasized often and Corwin deliberately alerts viewers to steps taken to protect and help the animals; especially when tracking and collaring for research. His clear annunciation is helpful if a bit overdone. Geared toward tweens, the program has the production value and appeal to entice animal and conservation enthusiasts of all ages.

Laura Fries   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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