PBS Changing Seas is a nationally broadcasted 27 minute show that takes an in-depth look at research and conservation projects around the world. Changing Seas is in its 7th season and is shown in over 48 states on 90% of PBS stations and in 34 foreign countries. Georgia Aquarium had the privilege of being featured in 2014 in a Changing Seas episode that documented Dr. Alistair Dove’s team and our whale shark research in Mexico. After securing a great relationship with the show, Changing Seas reached out to the Georgia Aquarium public relations team again to collaborate on an episode featuring research on southern stingrays in the Cayman Islands.
Last October, members of our animal health, nutrition and public relations teams traveled with the production crew to Grand Cayman to participate and film the hands-on, important research. The episode aired in the show’s home base of Miami, Florida last week and will begin to air nationally in November. PBS Changing Seas often airs episodes multiple, if not, dozens of times nationally.
Changing Seas also chose this segment to be shown at Nova Southeastern University’s Summer Film Series on Wednesday July 29th, just like the whale shark documentary was chosen in 2014.
More About the Research
For the last three years, Dr. Tonya Clauss, Dr. Alexa McDermott and Dr. Lisa Hoopes have participated in hands-on research alongside the Guy Harvey Research Institute, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Cayman Islands Department of Environment. Georgia Aquarium’s participation took the research on the stingray population to a new level, and the project has been featured by Ocean Mysteries and many other media outlets. Tonya, Alexa and Lisa managed a group of local veterinary students and veterinarians working alongside Guy Harvey’s team to conduct the health assessments. During these health assessments the team obtained blood and tissue samples, ultrasounds and measurements. The group handled over 80 stingrays per research trip to help study the population and understand the potential impact the tourism boats and thousands of people visiting the animals per day may have on them.