The Australian-Irish co-production sees eight teenagers -Aurea Kenny, Sophie O’Loughlin-Kennedy, Tallann Maguire and Darragh Joyce from Ireland and Dana Ubiparipovic, Ivy Nehl, Bailey Hendy and Jaymin Hyland-Taylor from Australia– working and training for the next six weeks training with dolphins, seals and turtles which have been rescued and rehabilitated, or born into human care.
Mentored by dolphin and seal trainers, a marine vet and local marine rescue agencies, they will learn how to train and care for dolphins and seals, help with marine rescues in nearby Solitary Islands Marine Reserve and design their own marine wildlife show.
Sally Browning, Air Pig Productions producer, said: “The eight rookie marine enthusiasts will take over key roles in the marine park. The work is serious but they will also get to have the adventure of a lifetime. The series will follow these gutsy teenagers who will hone their communication, science, creative and team-building skills under the supervision and guidance of marine experts.”
“We are excited to be working with Air Pig Productions, David Atkins Enterprises and RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes to add this innovative wildlife series to ABC3’s repertoire of quality programming. ABC3 viewers will enjoy watching the journey these teenagers embark on while being amazed at the wildlife they encounter,” said Barbara Uecker, Acting ABC TV Controller of Children’s Television.”
Produced by Air Pig Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, ABC3 and RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes, it will air on ABC3 in 2014.