Jeff Corwin visits Hawaii
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BY GARY CHUN / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Corwin never tires of visiting Hawaii.
The seemingly indefatigable television host and conservationist was here for a brief trip to film three episodes for the upcoming fall’s third season of “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,” ABC’s Saturday morning family education program.
Made in conjunction with the Georgia Aquarium, Corwin and his crew travel the world in search of interesting stories that not only have a bit of adventure to it, but conveys a message of the importance of ocean research to help preserve life beneath the sea.
On Wednesday, May 29, Corwin worked with Dr. Carl Meyer of the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology to satellite-tag large tiger, 6-gill and sandbar sharks brought up to the surface from 1,000 feet below in waters off Oahu.
After a brief morning visit to the Waikiki Aquarium Thursday morning, he departed that afternoon to deep-sea dive with marine biologist Dr. Richard Pyle off the coast of Kona on Hawaii island, in search of new and rare species. Because the dive measures anywhere between 200-450 feet, it’s in a zone where it’s too deep for SCUBA diving but not deep enough to use submersibles. So Pyle worked with Corwin and his camera crew in a crucial rebreather-training lesson.
On Sunday, Corwin will do a tropical reef inventory off Kona with aquatic biologist Bill Walsh of the University of Hawaii at Hilo as they follow a migration of tang fish.
Corwin has previously used Hawaii as a location for “Ocean Mysteries,” making a visit a year and a half ago to focus on manta rays and Hawaiian monk seals, with whom he got reacquainted with on his aquarium visit.
“Hawaii is a special place, because it offers so many compelling stories,” he said. “Even though the backdrop is so beautiful, there are gritty stories of conservation happening here. … And we want to be there with the scientists in a proactive sense.
“I hope the show gets kids to experience the natural outdoor world. We can’t protect and save without compassion and empathy, and that can only be done with direct contact with nature.”
“Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” will air 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, on KITV/ABC, then repeat at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8.