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Free film "Sponges: Oldest Creatures in the Sea?" in partnership with WPBT2 at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (March 23, 2016)

Hosted by the Deering Estate, in partnership with WPBT2, "Speaking Sustainably" is a film series offered free to the public to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. Films are presented in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate and are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Premiere episode "Sponges: Oldest Creatures in the Sea?"

Until recently there was scientific consensus that sponges were the first animals to branch off the "Animal Tree of Life," a kind of family tree for all living and extinct animals on earth. But recent DNA research has cast doubt on that theory, with some scientists suggesting that ctenophores, also known as comb jellies, are an older lineage.

About WPBT2 & Changing Seas
WPBT2, South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, connects organizations and institutions across this diverse region and preserves South Florida's history.  Leading the way in this global society,  WPBT2 serves diverse communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys and is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming across three television channels – WPBT2 HD, WPBT2 Create/WORLD and WPBT2 Vme (Spanish-language). WPBT2 is also South Florida’s leading media company for unique local stories across a variety of digital media platforms, including online and mobile through WPBT2 Video (video.wpbt2.org) and through the PBS app on Roku, AppleTV and FireTV. More information on WPBT2, its programs and its services for the community can be found at www.wpbt2.org.

Changing Seas is a marine science series focused on ocean issues and exploration. The series goes to sea with scientists, giving viewers a first-hand look at how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier. Changing Seas airs on 90% of public television stations in the U.S. and in 34 countries across the globe. 

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate celebrates 30 years of being on the National Register of Historic Places. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!