A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Offers lots of information about different species of marine life. Highlights the place they have in the ecosystem, and in some cases, dangers posed to them. Clears up some misinformation about creatures that aren't as scary as they appear.
Ocean creatures are beautiful, fascinating, necessary for ecosystem, need to be protected. Highlights some rules of scuba diving.
Positive Role Models
Sam is excited about everything she learns and sees. The experts explain things in simple terms that are easy to understand. Everyone involved has a passion for the ocean and the creatures that live in it.
Violence & Scariness
Brief clips of sharks biting cages are shown in a few episodes. Experts describe how animals defend themselves when they have to. The safety measures taken during each dive are highlighted.
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Products & Purchases
The National Aquarium is featured. Logos on clothing, etc., are blurred.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What Sam Sees is a fun educational series about marine life that's geared toward kids. The information is presented in terms that young tweens can understand, but young children will probably find it too hard to follow. The underwater footage is colorful and fun, but on rare occasions shows very brief images of a scary-looking shark. But the overall series is upbeat and contains strong pro-environmentalist messages.
Is It Any Good?
From feeding a big moray eel to looking for a small and reclusive bonnethead shark, this series showcases some of the ocean's natural wildlife. Information about each species is explained in simple terms, and the young, energetic host asks questions throughout -- the answers to which are remembered more easily thanks to her summaries at the end of each adventure. The dives, most of which take place in giant tanks, offer fascinating close-ups of marine life, too. Overall, What Sam Sees is an entertaining way to introduce kids to the wonders of the marine ecosystem, and it invites viewers of all ages to think more about why preserving and protecting marine life is so important.
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