Big Blue Live

Big Blue Live
Monday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 2 at 8PM on UNC-TV

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Experience the return of the world's most charismatic marine creatures—LIVE—from California's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. The PBS and BBC co-production airs live on television and online over three nights, August 31-September 2, at 8-9PM.

Join UNC-TV for an invigorating slice of television history as PBS partners with the BBC for public television’s first live natural history event—BIG BLUE LIVE—Monday, August 31, through Wednesday, September 2, at 8 PM (encores on UNC-TV, at 2AM, and on UNC-EX, at 11PM). This blockbuster, from California’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, celebrates the return of formerly endangered water-based wildlife. The renewal of the bay’s once-beleaguered ecosystem earns accolades as one of the world’s most successful conservation projects.

Go on location with live, underwater coverage for the anticipated once-a-year return of formerly endangered whales, sea otters, sea lions, great white sharks, brown pelicans and other now-flourishing wildlife to Monterey Bay. Hosts include Dr. M. Sanjayan, the host of EARTH, A New Wild, Liz Bonnin, a science broadcast journalist based in the UK, and Dr. Joy Reidenberg, host of PBS’s Sex in the Wild program.

And enjoy special North Carolina Science Now programming on North Carolina Now, Wednesday, September 2, at 7:30PM, leading into the night’s BIG BLUE LIVE grand finale.

Want to get more involved? We have teamed up with the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to bring you two UNC-TV BIG BLUE LIVE! watch parties where you can see some of the world’s most spectacular marine animals live on the big screen!

NC Aquarium on Roanoke IslandNorth Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Monday, August 31, 6:30PM
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Click here to register for an evening only or extended overnight “Sleeping with the Sharks” event or call 252-475-2314.

  • Evening Only — Exhibits will be open for touring from 6:30PM to 8PM, and the live Big Blue Live! feature will be shown in the Neptune Theater from 8:00-9:00PM. Light snacks will be provided for the showing of Big Blue Live! Don't forget to stop by the Just for Kids table for some take-home goodies. Regular admission rates apply for this exclusive evening event.
  • Extended Overnight “Sleeping with the Sharks” — If you would like to extend your evening at the Aquarium until the morning hours, limited spaces will be available for our “Sleeping with the Sharks” overnight experience! Your evening will continue after the live show with a staff-led ocean conservation program. Participants will then wind-down and settle in for the night in front of our 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic Tank, home to 10 sharks and numerous fish! A light breakfast is provided the following morning, followed by an 8:30AM departure time. Spaces are limited for the overnight, and overnight admission rates will apply for this event. This experience is restricted to ages 6 and older, and children must have an accompanying adult.


NC Museum of Natural SciencesNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Monday, August 31, 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM)
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Join the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a Big Blue Live! Watch Party on Monday, August 31 at 7:30PM! Youth and their families will enjoy a presentation in the Auditorium by Dr. Alex Dornburg, head of Ichthyology, watch Big Blue Live in the WRAL 3D theater, and follow up with Q&A with about the program with Dr Dornburg. Don't forget to stop by the Just for Kids table for some take-home goodies.

No registration is required for this free event. Click here for more information or call (919) 707-9800.