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Swim with Tiger Sharks in PBS affiliate WPBT2’s New Season of Changing Seas

NSU GHRI Director Mahmood Shivji (second left) puts a satellite tag on a tiger shark off the coast of The Bahamas.

Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original production, returns to television on Wednesday, Jun. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  In the premiere episode, “Tracking Tigers,” the Changing Seas crew works with scientists from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute. Experts use satellite tags and DNA forensic tools to better understand migrations of the magnificent tiger shark and investigate the impacts of the world’s shark fin trade.

A major focus of the documentary is the research of Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D., who directs NSU’s Guy Harvey Research Institute and Save Our Seas Shark Center USA, and is an internationally recognized shark expert.

“To come face to face with a predator as awe-inspiring as a 10-foot tiger shark is the experience of a lifetime,” says Series Producer Alexa Elliott. “We want our audience to see these animals through the eyes of the scientists studying them, so they can gain an appreciation for the sharks.  It’s also important to raise awareness of the drastic decline of shark populations around the world due to overfishing for the fin trade.”

In addition to the WPBT2 broadcast, viewers were given an opportunity to watch an online preview of “Tracking Tigers” on Thursday, May 31 at The Changing Seas crew and featured researchers chatted with viewers and answered questions online.  Watch a sneak peek of “Tracking Tigers” by clicking here.

Changing Seas, in its fourth season, focuses on ocean issues and exploration. The series goes to sea with explorers and scientists, enabling viewers to experience up close how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier. Changing Seas is currently carried by 86 percent of PBS stations nationwide. Internationally the series is broadcast in 30 countries, ranging from Spain to South Korea.

For more information on the series, visit Funding for this series is made possible by The Batchelor Foundation and Divers Direct.