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Free film Living Fossils at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (October 03, 2017)

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 Living Fossils will be presented on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. 

Living Fossils
In the deep, dark waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, strange flowerlike animals flourish. These sea lilies and feather stars, known as Crinoids, have been around in various forms since before the age of dinosaurs. Experts from Nova Southeastern University and the University of Michigan are working together to gather basic information about the life history of crinoids, such as how long they live and how fast they grow. To gain access to the animals, they brave the ocean depths onboard "Idabel," a submersible based in Roatan's West End. Sub builder and pilot Karl Stanley has extensive knowledge of the areas he can access with "Idabel," making it possible for the scientists to return to the same spots year after year to study the animals. This ability to study crinoids over an extended time period will result in new knowledge about these mysterious animals that flourish far removed from our human world. View the trailer

About WPBT2 and 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.

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 Historic House and Natural Areas 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. Discover More art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!