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.
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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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PROTECTING THE FRAGILE BEAUTY
OF TROPICAL FISH, SO THAT OUR
CHILDREN CAN ENJOY THEM, TOO.
By Robert Wintner AKA Snorkel Bob
It’s time to put on your diving gear! You’re about to be transported to the depths of the ocean to explore some of Hawaii’s most beautiful and unique sea creatures. Neptune Speaks (Skyhorse Publishing, October 2012) is packed with 540 full-color photographs of tropical fish on every page, but this book is more than just a beautiful guide. It’s a call to defend the creatures of the sea that are under attack by fierce predators—humans.
Neptune Speaks delves into the perils of trafficking in wildlife for the pet trade. The popularity of keeping tropical fish in home and office aquariums, and the overfishing of waters around the world to satisfy the demands of diners looking for ever-more exotic fare have put these amazing species in danger of disappearing entirely. The author, most commonly known as Snorkel Bob, will explore and explain all the factors that perpetuate the destruction of fish and their habitats, while his photographs demonstrate the beauty and grade of the creatures we need to protect. Humorous commentary brings lightheartedness to the text. But make no mistake; the issues discussed are serious ones! If we don’t stop the destruction of these beautiful creatures, the images in books will be all we have left.
About The Author
Robert Wintner, AKA Snorkel Bob, works tirelessly and with great charm to educate the public about the need to protect our marine life from the devastating effects of the restaurant and aquarium industries on marine life and habitat. Snorkel Bob owns dive shops that sell Snorkel Bob scuba gear, and is the founder of the Snorkel Bob Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reef defense. He lives in Kihei, Hawaii.
Snorkel Bob is a waterlogged, gill-breathing reef addict, owner of the only fin and snorkel manufacturing company in Hawaii, and the state’s largest reef outfitter.
Out of water he’s immersed in that least destructive of human behaviors—the pursuit of art. Under the nom de plume Robert Wintner, his literary fiction has met with mixed reviews—raves from the literarily astute; ravings from the values-challenged.
Wintner’s most recent books are Flame Angels, a novel of Oceania (Iguana Books, Toronto, Ontario: 2012) and Neptune Speaks (Skyhorse, NY: 2012)
Wintner’s short fiction has appeared in Hawaii Review, (U of Hawaii) and Sports Illustrated. His third novel, Horndog Blue (E.R. Smallwood, ’94) was favorably reviewed, including a personal note from the ex-wife, who said, “I marveled at (Wintner’s) literary ability. Did I already tell you this? I may have, but have forgotten.”
Wintner’s 2007 novel, In a Sweet Magnolia Time (Permanent Press, Sag Harbor, NY) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Toucan Whisper, Toucan Sing (Permanent Press, ’02) was widely reviewed as a triumph of lyrical fiction in a Mexican tourism setting. His adventure novel of the sailing charter trade Whirlaway (Smallwood, ’95) was a Maui County Library Hot Pick for 15 years and still resonates with the charter community.
Whirlaway and The Modern Outlaws were both optioned for film rights by Hollywood production companies. Many other novels and accolades have come forth over the years, though the building blocks for Every Fish Tells a Story and Some Fishes I Have Known (Skyhorse, NY) were set into place long ago.
Robert Wintner recalls the day in 1955 when his father took him to Walgreen’s in Miami for a $2 mask & snorkel—the deluxe with the ping-pong ball—then down to the beach and into the shallows. The old man’s wingtips got soaked as Bobby put his face in the water. A 3” sand crab waved a claw, and Bobby took it for a greeting, looking up and sputtering, “Oh, God! You can see everything!”
Today, Robert Wintner is Executive Director of the Snorkel Bob Foundation and an active member of Hawaii’s conservation community, working diligently to protect Hawaii’s reefs. The Snorkel Bob Foundation was instrumental in protecting the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) as Papahanaumokuakea Marine Monument.
Wintner has worked the point position against the aquarium trade in Hawaii and around the world for the last few years. He is known in Hawaii business for media substance that entertains and sells and uses his professional skills to conserve Hawaii reefs.
The Snorkel Bob Foundation was instrumental in underwriting and producing a “reef etiquette” video PSA that airs in hotels and other tourist venues. Wintner also produced a PSA that aired statewide, advocating the end to gillnet fishing. This gillnet PSA was effective in completely banning gillnets on Maui.
Neptune Speaks; Skyhorse Publishing, NY: 2012; $30; hardcover; 278 pages in 8-1/2 x 11 format
Flame Angels, a novel of Oceania; Iguana Books, Toronto, Ontario: 2012; $26; softcover & electronic format
“SEA”IT IN THEATERS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN BREATHTAKING DIGITAL 3D AND OWN IT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY™ & BLU-RAY 3D™
BURBANK, Calif. (June 1, 2012) — Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” dives back into theaters and homes this year in breathtaking Digital 3D™. The must-“sea,” must-own Oscar®-winning underwater adventure—featuring the unforgettable Marlin, his forgetful friend Dory and the lovable young Nemo—returns to the big screen in a spectacular 3D theatrical release beginning September 14, 2012, and then swims into living rooms for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital platforms on December 4, 2012.
“‘Finding Nemo’ was originally shot in 3D,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and the film’s executive producer. “At last, with today’s technological advances, this spectacular underwater world can be seen as it was intended—showcasing its eye-popping detail and breathtaking colors to both theatrical and in-home audiences and creating a truly immersive experience.”
“Finding Nemo,” first released in theaters in 2003, earned the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film and remains the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide. In 2008, the American Film Institute named “Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made, and it is the second highest grossing Pixar film to date (behind “Toy Story 3”).
The Blu-ray 2D and 3D debuts mark the first time “Finding Nemo” has ever been available in these hi-def formats. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of interactive features and bonus features including 3D Virtual Aquariums, 2D Virtual Aquariums, CineExplorer, a Filmmaker Roundtable and more.
The home entertainment release of “Finding Nemo” will be available this holiday season as follows:
· 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Ultimate Collector’s Edition (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy)
· 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 DVD)
· 3D Digital
· High-Definition Digital
ABOUT “FINDING NEMO”
In this stunning underwater adventure teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). When the two are unexpectedly separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Nemo is carried far from his ocean home and deposited in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.
Directed by Oscar® winner Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Oscar winner Lee Unkrich and produced by Graham Walters, “Finding Nemo” also features the voices of Willem Dafoe (as Gill), Brad Garrett (as Bloat), Allison Janney (as Peach), Austin Pendleton (as Gurgle), Stephen Root (as Bubbles), Vicki Lewis (as Deb/Flo), Joe Ranft (as Jacques) Geoffrey Rush (as Nigel), Elizabeth Perkins (as Coral), Bob Peterson (as Mr. Ray), Barry Humphries (as Bruce), Eric Bana (as Anchor), Bruce Spence (as Chum), and director Andrew Stanton (as Crush).
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· Visit the official website: www.disney.com/FindingNemo
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