Ocean Adventures with Jonathan Bird’s Blue World
Courtesy of Shark Biology
Directed by: Jonathan Bird
Venue: Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC)
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Ocean Adventures with “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” (USA, 2011, 45 min.)
“Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” is an award-winning, educational, family-oriented television series hosted by marine naturalist and underwater photographer Jonathan Bird.
CORAL SPAWNING How does an animal like coral that lives attached to the bottom (and can’t move around) create new colonies far away? Jonathan spends a week in Bonaire studying coral spawning and learns how they release their eggs into the water only at night and only at certain times of the year to create new coral colonies.
GOLIATH GROUPERS The Goliath Grouper is one of the largest bony fish in the world, and this made it the target of intense fishing efforts for many years. After nearly becoming extinct, the fish was afforded legal protection in 1990. Twenty years later, the protection is finally starting to pay off. Jonathan visits a shipwreck in Florida where Goliath Groupers gather to spawn every year and meets dozens of these massive animals!
COLOR AND CAMOUFLAGE Jonathan explores how animals in the ocean use color, not just for camouflage, but to stand out, protect themselves, hunt and find mates.
SHARK BIOLOGY Jonathan explores the basic biology of sharks and what makes them different from bony fish.
FREE. Program is designed for school children. Registration is required. To register school groups, contact Maribel Guevara at email@example.com or 202-342-2564. Email preferred.