The Florida Aquarium, a nonprofit organization, was recently awarded a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. The coveted 4-star rating, the highest possible rating, is only awarded to the most fiscally responsible organizations.The Florida Aquarium is among the top ten highest rated aquariums in the U.S.
Charity Navigator, which rates about 8,000 charities on a zero-to four-star scale, considers various financial statistics as well as transparency and accountability metrics as a way to give donors a better picture of how a particular charity performs over time and how accountable and transparent each organization is about how its funds are spent.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious rating from Charity Navigator,” said Roger Germann, President & CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “As a leading nonprofit aquarium in the country, we are committed to being excellent stewards of our resources in support of conservation and education while remaining accountable to those who support us.”
For more detailed information, please see charitynavigator.org. Donations may be made to The Florida Aquarium at flaquarium.org/donate.
Talkin' Pets News
July, 15, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 5pm EST to discuss their new National Initiative "Saving America's Vets & America's Pets"
Alice De Almeida Executive Assistant to The Algonquin Hotel in NYC will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/15/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Matilda's upcoming birthday event and a lucky listener can win a one weekend night stay free during our chat with Alice
Jon Patch - Host
Linda Register DVM - COHOST
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Ben Boquist -Network Producer
Bob Page - Exec. Producer
Special Guests -
Julie Barton author of "Dog Medicine" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/09/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book
Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak/Lindy & Company will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 7/9/16 at 630pm EST to discuss her nonprofit dog treat bakery, give away dog treats and discuss Daybreak the non-for-profit that helps homeless teens.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a PG, 3D, 97 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, screenplay and story by Stanton with a theater release date of June 17, 2016.
Audio Descriptive Narration Available in Theaters for the First Time
Via Disney Movies Anywhere App
BURBANK, Calif. (June 16, 2016) – As Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters this week, low-vision and blind fans are invited to enjoy the film alongside family members in theaters, thanks to a breakthrough in independent moviegoing. Smart-syncing audio description, a new feature introduced to in-home audiences four months ago on the Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) app, heads to theaters nationwide for the first time with the release of “Finding Dory.” Accessed via one’s own iPhone® or iPad® and a set of ear buds, the feature provides users with free audio description that elegantly narrates important on-screen action for those who can’t always follow along visually.
More than 21 million people in the United States are blind or visually impaired. While all feature films include a track for the blindness community, until now, these tracks have been accessible only by utilizing special gear provided by a limited number of individual theaters. The DMA app, downloaded via iTunes onto an iPhone® or iPad® running iOS 7 or above, accesses the mobile device’s microphone to “listen” to the big-screen presentation and syncs the audio descriptions accordingly so users can hear both the descriptive narrative and the film’s original audio. Pixar has invited members of the visually impaired community to focus group screenings for more than eight years in an effort to craft the narration in the most effective and enjoyable manner possible.
Earlier this week, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler included Disney Movies Anywhere among five winners of its Advancement in Accessibility Award, which recognizes achievements in communications technology for those with disabilities.
“Finding Dory” is the 17th Disney•Pixar film to feature the complimentary audio accessibility via the DMA app, which is currently only available in the U.S. Audio synchronization technology is provided by Audible Magic.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar's “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar.
NAT GEO WILD’S GONE FISHIN’ FOR THE SUMMER WITH A NEW SEASON OF MONSTER FISH
Season Five “Reels In” Extremely Rare Freshwater Megafish, Including the World’s Most Elusive River Shark, a Recently Identified Species of Giant Stingray and a Mysterious Monster That Hunts at Night
Monster Fish Hosted by Zeb Hogan Premieres Monday, July 7, at 9 PM ET/PT
On Nat Geo WILD
(WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 17, 2014) For the past four seasons, fish biologist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan has traveled the globe in search of the planet’s largest, weirdest and most dangerous freshwater fish. He’s reeled in a cow-sized goldfish and wrestled a car-sized stingray. Now, in the fifth season of Monster Fish — premiering Monday, July 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD— he’ll “tackle” a whole new mission, traveling through the U.S., Australia, Asia, Nicaragua and South America in search of elusive freshwater megafish. (For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.)
This summer, Zeb is on the hunt for monster fish so obscure they’ve seldom been seen in the wild. With very little scientific information available, he hopes to catch, research and release some truly rare underwater behemoths in order to better understand and protect them. Down under in Australia, he’ll search for a river shark so mysterious that an adult has never been positively identified in the wild. Braving the black waters of the Brazilian Amazon, he’ll carefully navigate past anacondas and piranhas to study the shock of the stealthy giant electric eel. And to reel in the obscure river wolf fish, he’ll team up with remote tribesmen in heart of Guyana who share their poisonous fishing techniques!
In each episode, Zeb immerses himself in the local culture, where fishing is often more than a sport, or even a profession — it’s a way of life. He tastes the regional cuisine, mingles at fish markets, listens to the harrowing stories of native fishermen and sleeps where his local guides do — even if that happens to be a makeshift campsite not far away from a massive anaconda! From the action and chaos of catching a giant stingray in Thailand, to the excitement of stalking a fish that can breathe air and walk on land in America, Monster Fish ties the “thrill of the catch” together with community and ecology.
Premiere episodes include:
Monster Fish: Stingray
Premieres Monday, July 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Rivers aren’t exactly where you’d expect to find giant 1,000-pound monsters but that is exactly where Dr. Zeb Hogan plans to research giant freshwater rays. His journey starts in the Northern Territory of Australia, where Zeb searches for whiprays, a rare species that was properly identified only in the past few years. After catching mostly bull sharks, Zeb turns his attention to Thailand’s giant freshwater stingray. On the Mae Klong River, he battles a 385-pound behemoth for hours. While not a world record, it’s definitely the biggest fish that Zeb has ever caught with a rod and reel!
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Monster Fish: River Wolf
Premieres Monday, July 14, at 9 PM ET/PT
The wolf fish can reach three-feet in length, weigh as much as 88 pounds and are a species said to be a brutal hunter—of animals and reportedly even humans. Little is known about this aggressive giant so Zeb heads into the heart of Guyana to hunt for the biggest wolf fish he can find and to see if they deserve their fearsome reputation. To reel in the elusive predator, he’ll have to navigate the harsh terrain and carefully avoid heart-pounding encounters with anacondas, piranhas and vampire fish. Teaming up with one of the region’s smallest and remote tribes, Zeb uses local techniques like fishing in the dark of night and using poisonous bait in his ultimate quest to hook a monster wolf fish.
Monster Fish: Amazon Shocker
Premieres Monday, July 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Does size really matter? Zeb travels to the Brazilian Amazon to determine whether the shock of an electric eel is proportionate to the fish’s size. They’re capable of delivering a shock five times more powerful than a standard U.S. socket, making this mission particularly dangerous. Armed with local guides, high-tech electricity detectors and, of course, rubber protective pants and gloves … Zeb carefully navigates the Amazon’s black waterways where electric eels and the dreaded piranha and anaconda all reside. After some near misses and one cameraman’s “shocking” brush with one of these electric fish, Zeb is finally able to put his theory to the test.
About Dr. Zeb Hogan
Aquatic ecologist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan travels across the globe in the television series Monster Fish to find big freshwater fish — some of them endangered—and the livelihood of people who share their habitats. Hogan earned an undergraduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona. He later became a visiting Fulbright student at the Environmental Risk Assessment Program at Thailand's Chiang Mai University. Returning to the United States, Hogan completed a National Science Foundation–sponsored Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Councilor for Fish. Hogan now leads a new National Geographic Society project to identify and protect the world's largest freshwater fishes.
Monster Fish is produced by National Geographic Television (NGT) for Nat Geo WILD. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of production and development is Janet Han Vissering and EVP and general manager is Geoff Daniels.
About Nat Geo WILD
Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.
Wicked Tuna Captains Fight Tirelessly for Bluefin Fishing’s Top Spot, as Second Season Draws to Shocking CLOSE
Power Plays and Bruised Egos Are Forgotten as the Crews Rely on Raw Skill and Sheer Determination to Haul in the Most Exciting Catches of the Season –
And One Captain Suffers a Devastating Loss
Two-Part Wicked Tuna Finale Begins Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, and Concludes Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT
(Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2013) A storm brews on Gloucester’s horizon as the final weeks of bluefin season begin for the fishermen on National Geographic Channel’s hit series Wicked Tuna. Season two began with the introduction of a cocky young captain named Tyler McLaughlin and his crew on the fishing vessel Pin Wheel. As the season draws to a close, McLaughlin runs neck and neck with last year’s champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, threatening to unceremoniously dethrone Carraro and swipe his title as bluefin champion. Their epic battle plays out in a two-part season finale beginning Sunday, May 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and concluding Sunday, May 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com/wickedtuna and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NGC_PR and https://twitter.com/WickedTuna.
In a tremendous late-season effort, Paul Hebert, who was fired from the crew of FV-Tuna.com with just five weeks left in the season, continues to edge closer to his astounding goal of catching $50,000 worth of bluefin as a standalone captain of the fishing vessel Lisa & Jake. Hebert proves himself a formidable opponent and, given a full season as captain of his own boat, stands to challenge the other captains in their pursuit of the top spot next season.
Meanwhile, Captain Dave Marciano continues to rise above seemingly insurmountable issues aboard the Hard Merchandise, meeting every mechanical challenge he faces with an extraordinary bluefin catch that buys him time and keeps him in the game. After crushing losses this season, the Bounty Hunter limps toward the finish line with just two catches so far for the season. The pained faces of Captain Bill Monte, his wife Donna and first mate Scott, left an indelible mark on viewers who watched as an unlucky harpoon throw left Bounty Hunter empty-handed yet again after a valiant struggle to haul in a big fish. And, realizing the difficulty of going it alone, Captain Ralph of the Odysea re-enlists fan favorite first mate “Pirate,” who has been absent this season. But will Pirate bring the booty, or will Ralph wind up regretting his decision to bring him back?
Fishing enthusiasts have responded with high praise for the second season of Wicked Tuna. Devoted fan and newly appointed CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) tweeted that he was “Ridiculously pumped” for new episodes of the series and that he “Love[s] how these guys make a living while being conscious of improving the tuna population.”
Wicked Tuna follows a group of spirited fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it’s been done for centuries — man versus fish, rod versus fin, one catch at a time. The stakes are unforgiving, but the paydays can be huge, as the fleet navigates the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, searching for the magnificent and elusive bluefin tuna. One “monstah” catch can bring in as much as $20,000, but with a short fishing season and dwindling tuna populations, Gloucester’s fishermen are fighting for their economic survival every time they set sail.
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Season Two Finale Episodes Include…
Wicked Tuna: Money on the Line
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the first episode of a two-part season finale, Gloucester’s reigning bluefin champion, Dave Carraro of the FV-tuna.com, starts the last week of the fishing season with a $20,000 lead over New Hampshire rival the Pin Wheel. For young Captain Tyler, the goal has always been to prove himself to the veteran Gloucester fleet and to make Pin Wheel the top-earning boat of the season. Captain Paul Hebert of the Lisa & Jake wants to fulfill his goal of earning $50,000 in just five weeks as captain, while Captain Marciano is desperate to put away money for his family and resurrect a season marred by pulled hooks, boat breakdowns and short fish. Longtime friends Captain Bill Monte of the Bounty Hunter and Captain Ralph Wilkins of the Odysea decide to fish inshore together to avoid the steep expenses associated with offshore fishing.
Wicked Tuna: Endgame
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 PM ET/PT
In the second season finale, a storm brews on the horizon as the final week of bluefin season continues. The FV-Tuna.com remains in the lead but hasn’t caught a fish yet this week to build its lead. Nearest rival the Pin Wheel has two fish on deck from earlier in the week and has a third in its sights. Over on the Lisa & Jake, Paul caught three fish already this week and is well on the way to reaching his $50,000 goal. The storm threatens to force the Hard Merchandise back to shore, but with one already on deck they hook up again and fight for a second catch to end the season strong. When both FV-Tuna.com and Pin Wheel hook up for what will likely be their final time this season, their now epic rivalry draws the season to its shocking and heart-pounding conclusion.
Wicked Tuna is produced for National Geographic Channel by Pilgrim Studios. For Pilgrim Studios, executive producers are Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Lynn Sadofsky, executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio and president is Howard T. Owens.
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Ellen DeGeneres, the Voice of the Beloved Blue Tang Fish in 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” Shares Plans for the All-New Big-Screen Adventure
BURBANK, Calif. (April 2, 2013) –When Dory said “just keep swimming” in 2003’s Oscar®-winning film “Finding Nemo,” she could not have imagined what was in store for her (not that she could remember). Ellen DeGeneres, voice of the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, revealed details today about Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory”—an all-new big-screen adventure diving into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.
“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”
Director and Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton takes audiences back to the extraordinary underwater world created in the original film. “There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”
According to Stanton, “Finding Dory” takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favorites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life.
“Finding Nemo” won the 2003 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature; the film was nominated for three additional Oscars® (Best Writing, Original Screenplay; Best Music, Original Score; Best Sound Editing). It was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for Best Motion Picture–Comedy or Musical. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made. At the time of its release, “Finding Nemo” was the highest grossing G-rated movie of all time. It’s currently the fourth highest grossing animated film worldwide. The film has more than 16 million Likes on Facebook, and Dory—with more than 24 million—is the most Liked individual character from a Disney or Disney•Pixar film.
DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world. Her syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is in its 10th season and has earned 38 Daytime Emmy® Awards. DeGeneres has won 12 People’s Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for three consecutive years. Additionally, her show won two Genesis Awards and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. For her unforgettable turn as Dory, DeGeneres was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
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