Bluer Than Blue

I try not to turn this blog into “Hey, watch this!” because, since there are so many programs worth drawing your attention to on UNC-TV, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to point them all out – and, if I did, I’m sure after a fashion it would just all become white noise. But every now and again a program pops up that I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention. And tonight something starts that I think is pretty exciting.

It’s called Big Blue Live. I hope, by now, you’ve seen the promos for it either on-line or on air. If not, let me just say it’s a live, three-night event from PBS and the BBC that showcases marine life along the California coast, concentrating on the creatures of the now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California.

That’s the long way of saying you get to see humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, brown pelicans and more as they convene in a once-a-year confluence. And it’s all delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves.

Check out for more information. Go behind the scenes and meet the hosts, watch a preview and see the live cams, even discover your Big Blue Live spirit animal (for the record, I’m a Sooty Shearwater).

Big Blue Live airs live tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV. UNC-EX will air the west coast live version at 11pm each night. (And if you’re a night owl or need to record the festivities, UNC-TV will broadcast a repeat of the festivities the following morning at 2am.)

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult breaching, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, July.

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) adult breaching.