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Humpbacks take TV spotlight

July 6, 2008 |  4:28 pm

Alisa Schulman-Janiger, a whale researcher from San Pedro, periodically sends advisories to friends and fellow scientists, alerting them to nature programs appearing on television. Her latest just arrived, so we're passing it along. Hope you enjoy!

Hi, everyone.

I hope that all of you are having a great summer! There are two TV shows to check out on Animal Planet today: one is new, on humpback whale research, and the other is a repeat of a nice show on deep-sea organisms.

Animal Planet: Sunday, July 6
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Blue Planet: The Deep. Unusual deep sea life forms.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Wild Kingdom: Decoding Humpbacks (*new).
In this new episode, we meet the scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding humpback whales. Mysterious and misunderstood, scientists know very little about humpback whales. But even as the first scientific breakthroughs are made, the humpback whales' very existence is threatened; this species could disappear before we have the chance to decode their secrets.

This episode will repeat on Monday, 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Wednesday, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight; Thursday, 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.; and Monday, July 14, 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.


--Pete Thomas


Photo credit: Pete Thomas