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Free film "Coral Hybrids" at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (September 23, 2016)

Hosted by the Deering Estate, in partnership with WPBT2 and Changing Seas, "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.

The film presented on Wednesday, October 26th is "Coral Hybrids." There is a pre-film reception at 7:00 pm and the film will be begin at 7:30 pm.

About the film
Once a common sight in the Caribbean and Florida, Elkhorn and Staghorn corals are now listed as threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species list. While these corals have declined in recent years, their hybrid appears to be increasing in parts of the region. Often found in really shallow water, this hybrid, commonly called  "Fused Staghorn," closely resembles its parents.  

Dr. Nicole Fogarty from Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center has been studying the hybrid near a small island off the coast of Belize since 2005. Carrie Bow Cay is a research facility of the Smithsonian Institution. The island is an ideal place to study the hybrid, because of its proximity to all three types of corals.

View the film trailer

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.

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 butterfly walks and guided Historic House tours, 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.
This year the Deering Estate celebrates 30 years on the National Register of Historic Places and the 100th anniversary of Charles Deering's purchase and restoration of the Richmond Hotel for his winter residence. #DiscoverMore history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!