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Sea Rescue

Sea Rescue

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Here's what's going to happen: Your kids will be watching Sea Rescue in the TV room and you'll wander in and glance at the screen … and then you're going to peer at the screen more closely . . . and then you're going to sit down next to your kids and watch the whole show, exclaiming over the animals, their heart-tugging peril, their dramatic rescues, their heart-warming rehabilitation, and their eventual re-release to the sea.

Or. . . you will be watching Sea Rescue and it's your kids who wander into the room. Either way, the result is the same: The whole family will be hooked.

This documentary style program airs Saturday mornings on ABC and each 30-minute program tracks the story of one imperiled sea creature. Host Matt Gutman is joined by a team of marine biologists and other animal care experts and researchers. Some are from SeaWorld's Rescue Team and the production is, in fact, a joint venture between theme park SeaWorld and Litton Entertainment, although the theme park itself is not a heavily emphasized story element.

Sea Rescue takes viewers through each step of the animal rescues and rehabilitation, with interviews, graphics, and photos adding additional insights into animal behavior, ecology, and habitat issues. An orphaned baby manatee is stranded in a murky creek in Georgia.Come on, are you kidding me?! I doubt there's a person alive who could resist seeing this little gal get saved . . . and then delight in her growth as she's tracked through adulthood. In another episode, the team recalls rescues of animals who went on to become great moms, featuring, among others, seals and sea otters. (Spoiler alert: Your kids will beg you for a sea otter pup.) And in one particularly heart-rending segment, rescuers race to save sea lions with plastic packing straps stuck around their necks. (Spoiler alert again: For the rest of your lives, you and your kids will be extra-conscientious about cutting up plastic straps and soda can 6-pak rings before you dispose of them.) That same episode also features an endangered coastal bird species from the moment chicks peck their way out of their shells to a fascinating glimpse into how they learn survival skills before being released.

Sea Rescuedoesn't sugarcoat the peril so be aware that very young children may be anxious at scenes showing the injured and endangered animals but it's always handled sensitively and the stories usually have happy endings. With its outstanding storytelling and educational content, expect Sea Rescue to become a quick favorite at home, and teachers may even want to consider it as an additional resource for biology classes, giving viewers a much greater appreciation of marine life and a better understanding of humans' role in preserving the environment.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2016 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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