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Explore the Shore: A Gift for Ocean Lovers

South Africa’s doyen of marine biology, Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths, and his filmmaker son, Matthew, have over the last three years been producing a series of short educational videos that introduce us to the amazing marine worlds gracing our coastlines.

Titled Explore the Shore, this inspiring YouTube series takes viewers on a journey of discovery as different South African shores are scrutinised to uncover the unique habitats and fascinating organisms that live there.

Season One of Explore the Shore, which premiered on YouTube in December 2021, delivered 21 episodes, each offering distinctive insights that expand the frontiers of marine biology. Following its initial success, Explore the Shore extended its reach by repackaging the series into five 24-minute episodes for DSTV (broadcasted on the People’s Weather Channel).

In just one week, the show reached an audience of nearly 300,000, underscoring its broad appeal and its potential to serve as a valuable resource for schools, nature enthusiasts, and marine biology researchers and students.

After receiving exceptional ratings on DSTV, Season Two kicked off towards the end of 2023, and already boasts 20 new episodes. With an array of exciting topics – from nudibranchs to polychaete worms, and anemones to marine invasive species, the new season is maturing into an even more immersive and educational experience.

Produced to inform and to instil a passion for marine biology, Explore the Shore transcends a purely academic focus, making it a must-watch for anyone who appreciates the wonders of Africa’s coastal ecosystems.

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