A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn a lot about different sea animals, how they get injured, and what is done to help them. They can also learn what kinds of jobs are out there for animal lovers.
Messages of stewardship and conservation are very strong.
Positive Role Models
Hard-working professionals and dedicated volunteers are showcased tirelessly working on behalf of animals.
Violence & Scariness
Seeing animals in peril can be disturbing for many viewers, and the outcome of rescues is not always positive, but no gore is shown.
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Products & Purchases
The show is produced by SeaWorld and features SeaWorld employees, thus there are frequent references to the park and near-constant visuals of its logo.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sea Rescue is a fascinating look at ocean animals in distress and the professionals who help them, but the images of animals with injuries or in danger can be disturbing to young or sensitive viewers, though no gore or blood is shown. The ideas of conservation and taking care of animals is a strong theme, and the workers and volunteers who help the distressed animals are great role models. The show does serve as a backdoor commercial for SeaWorld, who produces the show, so kids might be inclined to ask for a visit after watching.
Is It Any Good?
It's simply amazing to see ocean creatures so intimately, which is exactly what has kept the SeaWorld parks in business all these years. Speaking of those parks, they're the trouble with this show. All the references to SeaWorld's capabilities and equipment in Sea Rescue, not to mention the ever-present SeaWorld logo onscreen, sends a blatantly self-serving message that undercuts the focus on animal conservation.
Nonetheless, this is a unique entry in the annals of underwater exploration shows, which typically just observe underwater creatures, if they get a glimpse at all. Watching human beings interact nose-to-nose with whales, dolphins, and manatees, is worth a little theme-park huckstering. Viewers who can handle the animals-in-peril theme will be interested in the nuts and bolts of how the animals are aided, which often involves big, strange-looking machines and arcane procedures. Kids will also learn a lot about the ocean and its creatures by watching, even if they may end up nagging you to visit SeaWorld afterwards.
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