ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Litton Entertainment today announced the second season of "Sea Rescue with Sam Champion" premieres this Saturday, Oct. 6. The show's debut season was a remarkable success, reaching more than 30 million viewers and inspiring strong levels of fan feedback and engagement.
Hosted by environmental journalist and Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, Sea Rescue airs nationally on Saturday mornings during Litton's Weekend Adventure on over 95 percent of the country's ABC affiliates.
With season two, Sea Rescue continues to tell the stories of marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release by the dedicated men and women of SeaWorld's wildlife rescue teams and partner organizations. With rescue teams on call 24/7, SeaWorld have rescued more than 20,000 whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, manatees, sea turtles and birds over the last 40 years.
"Sea Rescue exemplifies the mission of Litton's Weekend Adventure, an inspiring series that has connected with viewers everywhere," said Dave Morgan, President and CEO of Litton Entertainment.
"Last season millions of viewers were riveted by these true stories," said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "The series is thrilling and moving, but even more importantly it educates viewers about the threats faced by wild whales, dolphins and other species. It inspires people to care."
New adventures, told through even more firsthand accounts, expert insight and remarkable video footage, will include a rescued wild baby beluga raised on formula developed at SeaWorld; whales that lost their way and ended up far down a river; a dolphin that was attacked by a shark; and thousands of penguins in peril from an immense oil spill.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Litton Entertainment have also partnered with Rive Gauche Television to launch 39 episodes of Sea Rescue internationally.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspires millions to celebrate, connect, and care for the natural world through the power of entertainment. The company is best known for its 10 U.S. theme parks including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place, and also recently expanded into new entertainment enterprises to connect people to nature through movies, television and digital media.
SeaWorld is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in conservation, wildlife rescue and marine animal welfare. The company operates one of the world's most respected wildlife rescue programs and has helped animals in need -- ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned -- for more than four decades. More than 20,000 animals have been rescued by the park's animal experts including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea turtles and birds. The majority of these animals are successfully treated by SeaWorld veterinarians, rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
About Litton Entertainment
Litton Entertainment, the preeminent independent distributor in the television industry has been creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton's Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, is the first of its kind in syndication airing Saturdays on ABC stations following Good Morning America. Litton's Weekend Adventure features six high-definition, original E/I series including Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Born to Explore, Everyday Health, Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, and Sea Rescue. Additional programs provided by Litton include Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, Storm Stories, and Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller. Litton also operates Litton News Source which distributes Consumer Reports Television. For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit www.litton.tv.
SOURCE SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment