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Rye Scientist Is Expert Commentator On First Live 'PBS' Nature Series

Joy Reidenberg of Rye will help narrate PBS' first live nature series, "Big Blue Live,'' which airs on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 from 8 to 9 p.m. Reidenberg, a professor at Mount Sinai, has appeared in several other popular television specials.
Joy Reidenberg of Rye will help narrate PBS' first live nature series, "Big Blue Live,'' which airs on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 from 8 to 9 p.m. Reidenberg, a professor at Mount Sinai, has appeared in several other popular television specials. Photo Credit: Provided/Joy Reidenberg.

RYE, N.Y. -- A scientist from Rye lends her expertise on PBS's very first live nature series, "Big Blue Live," which airs starting Aug. 31.

Joy Reidenberg, a marine mammal expert, will help narrate the live series, broadcast on three consecutive nights, from 8 to 9 p.m.

"We don't have to go far to see all those cool animals out there,'' Redeinberg, a professor in Manhattan, says in a promotional trailer. The PBS series, co-produced with the BBC, can be watched live online at PBS.org/BigBlueLive .

If star aquatic "actors" show up as predicted, high-tech documentary crews will capture amazing migratory patterns of whales, dolphins, seals and other marine line when they converge to feed once a year at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Pacific sanctuary extends from mid-Cambria to Marin County, Calif.

Reidenberg, Ph.D., is a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She travels worldwide as a medical school instructor, environmental researcher and comparative anatomist. While studying a wide variety of animals -- from insects to whales -- Reidenberg has chronicled basic relationships affecting all species, including humans.

Reidenberg is no stranger to PBS or BBC broadcasts. Her scientific research has been showcased by several television documentaries. Last year, she was co-host of PBS’ "Sex in the Wild," which examined animal reproduction and conservation. Reidenberg dissected a 45-foot sperm whale on a British series titled "Inside Nature's Giants" -- which made its U.S. debut in 2012. The series explored the anatomy, function and evolution of large animals.

Scientists, filmmakers, photographers and other experts will come together for two weeks in late August to film some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, brown pelicans and blue whales — gathering to feed on the abundance of food along the Pacific coastline. Monterey Bay’s unique underwater geography, with a deep ocean canyon close to shore, brings species by the thousands into the once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem of Monterey Bay.

Viewers can watch one of nature’s "great reality shows," according to a promotional trailer, delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, multiple boats and below the waves.

Via Twitter, co-hosts Dr. M Sanjayan (@msanjayan), Liz Bonnin (@lizbonnin) and Joe Hanson (@jtotheizzoe) will live-tweet and engage with audiences by responding to questions. Rye's Reidenberg will provide Twitter updates @JoyReidenberg. On Tuesday Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., PBS will host a live, interactive discussion where students can submit questions via #BigBlueClass.

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