Let's talk poop! Did you know that the poop of seabirds, known as guano, not only makes for good nesting material, but is also a great fertilizer? In Peru it’s produced in large quantities by guano birds like Guanay cormorants, Peruvian pelicans and Peruvian boobies. The country is the largest commercial guano producer in the world, and its government has created special protected areas for the seabirds are that co-managed by two government agencies – the Agriculture Ministry’s AGRORURAL which monitors the guano birds and oversees the harvest process, and the Environmental Ministry’s SERNANP, which is in charge of managing the reserves. Want to learn more? Tune in to “Peru’s Desert Penguins” on air and online July 1st. @wpbt2 @programapuntasanjuan
Ever wonder how our crew gets those great close-ups without disturbing the wildlife? In Punta San Juan, thanks to the guidance of the Programa Punta San Juan biologists, we spent hours in mobile blinds waiting for that perfect shot. Turns out the penguins and other birds might be scared of people – but they don’t mind a giant moving box close by. #penguins #nature #naturedocumentary #pbs #documentary #documentaryphotography #wildlife #peru #penguin #animals #filming
Music of the Sea! Did you know that the sounds on a coral reef can tell experts a lot about its health? Scientists with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa have teamed up with the Oceanwide Science Institute to deploy an “EAR” (ecological acoustic recorder) on one of its pristine reefs. This “EAR” can record sounds around the clock! To learn more, tune in July 1st for “American Samoa’s Resilient Coral Reefs.” @noaasanctuaries @np_american_samoa . . . . #coral #coralreefs #americansamoa #earthisblue #marinescience #beauty #reef #oceanscience @wpbt2 #pbs #nature #music
The Gulf of Mexico holds many secrets - don’t miss the brand new season of Changing Seas premiering tonight! Watch online at changingseas.tv or on our Facebook page @ChangingSeas.
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To all the amazing dads out there - Happy Father’s Day! Photo by Changing Seas videographer David Diez @daviddiez
We’d like to give a huge shout out to Tiara, Liu and the rest of the amazing team at the beautiful Sadie’s By the Sea Hotel! Thank you for hosting us and making our crew feel at home while they were filming our upcoming episode “American Samoa’s Resilient Coral Reefs.” @sadieshotels @elliott.alexa @daviddiez #americansamoa #vacation #travel #explore #islandlife #marinescience #changingseas #island #adventure
We are one week away from the premiere of Changing Seas Season 12 on air and online! Will you be watching?
How do scientists manage to monitor large swaths of coral reefs for disease, bleaching or other occurrences? In the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, they don their masks and snorkel, hold on tight, and get towed behind a boat while keeping a close eye on the reef below! To learn more, check out “American Samoa’s Resilient Coral Reefs” out July 1st. @wpbt2 @wxel_tv @pbs @noaasanctuaries @nerelleque @futaes #earthisblue #nationalmarinesanctuaryofamericansamoa #americansamoa