Big Blue Live is a co-production of BBC Worldwide and PBS that will air in the UK starting next Sunday, and in the U.S. starting August 31. The live broadcasts will focus on the Monterey Bay area and the aquatic life that usually travels through the region at this time of the year. As befits a live event in this era, there will be opportunities to watch online and comment on the action via social media. But with the staggered broadcast schedules (the event will end in the UK the night before it starts in the US), it won’t be quite as global as it could be.
The Monterey Bay is part of the eponymous National Marine Sanctuary, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be part of the program, along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Parts of the program will air live from the deck of a NOAA research vessel as well as the aquarium.
Big Blue Live will air in the UK on August 23, 27 and 30. In the U.S. it will air August 31-September 2, with live feeds for both the East and West coasts.