Ocean Mysteries

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Corwin's marine field trips are inspiring for families.

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Educational Value

Viewers learn about the lifestyle and migratory habits of the featured animals, thanks to Corwin's close encounters both at the aquarium and in the wild. The host explains how scientists use technology to study the animals so they can better understand and protect them. When dialogue includes unfamiliar terms like "krill" and "cephalic lobes," they're defined in kid-friendly terms.

Positive Messages

The series expands viewers' awareness of marine life and touches on environmental issues like conservation and research. Each episode centers on scientists' efforts to study aquatic creatures both in their natural habitats and in captivity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Corwin and the scientists are respectful of the animals they work with, demonstrating gentleness in their encounters with them and making the subjects' needs and safety the priority. Corwin is always willing to try new things to better understand the animals, and he has an insatiable thirst for learning.

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As the show's sponsor and host facility, The Georgia Aquarium gets plenty of face time.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun educational series introduces families to beautiful and diverse oceanic populations. Animal experts teach viewers how the creatures survive in their natural habitats, and host Jeff Corwin gets up close and personal with them both in captivity at the aquarium and in the wild. The show caters to kids' learning level, defining scientific terms as they arise and keeping the dialogue conversational. The show touches on conservationism and scientific research, which can spark positive discussions within your family but might require some additional explanations for very young kids.

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What's the story?

OCEAN MYSTERIES pairs renowned animal expert Jeff Corwin with experts at the Georgia Aquarium to bring viewers face to face with some of the most mysterious creatures of the sea. From manta rays to whale sharks, Corwin works a team of marine biologists and researchers to discover some of the secrets these majestic species hide. Their endeavors take them around the world and to the ocean's depths, where they observe the animals in their natural habitats and devise ways to better study their movements and lifestyles.

Is it any good?

Corwin brings his passion for animals and the environment to this exciting series that promotes conservation through a better understanding of individual marine species. There's nothing quite like taking a virtual underwater field trip with him as a guide, and kids and adults alike are sure to be swept away by the natural splendor of the scenery and the unique creatures they meet along the way.

 

Although the show also touches on heavier topics like scientific research and how environmental degradation affects the species they study, it's designed to maintain even young kids' attention, relating an animal's size or weight to familiar objects like cars and giving definitions for terms that aren't familiar. If you're looking to learn something new as a family, Ocean Mysteries is a great place to start, and it's sure to inspire a new respect for the natural world and a new appreciation for conservationists' efforts to protect it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals they see. Where do these creatures live in the wild? What type of climate do they need? What are their food sources? Do they migrate? If so, when and why?

  • What does "conservation" mean? Whose responsibility is it to preserve animals' natural habitats? How have population growth and climate changes threatened animals' survival? What are some of the most endangered species? Does this show motivate you to do or learn more about animals?

  • Families can use this show as a reason to get out and experience nature through hiking or get up close with animals at the zoo or a local aquarium. How do the animals you encounter differ from those you saw on the show? Are any of those on the show indigenous to your area? Do those in your region face any threats to their livelihood?

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