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FAU’s Harbor Branch Featured in Upcoming 'Ocean Mysteries' Episode

Covering Annual Health and Environmental Risk Assessment of Bottlenose Dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon

FORT PIERCE, FL (September 25, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) will be featured on the season premiere of the popular national television show “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin from Georgia Aquarium,” slated to air as part of “Litton’s Weekend Adventure”on local ABC stations at 9:30 a.m. (WPBF West Palm Beach) and 11 a.m. (WPLG Miami) on Saturday, October 6.

In June, HBOI welcomed Emmy Award-winning TV personality Jeff Corwin and his crew to shoot footage of the annual Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) of bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

HERA is an ongoing mutli-year research project assessment that was initiated by Harbor Branch in 2003, authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and brings together marine mammal experts from FAU, HBOI, and other renowned institutions such as the Georgia Aquarium and National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Ocean Service Center. During the past nine years, the project has resulted in more than 200 IRL dolphins being safely captured, examined, sampled, marked and released.

HERA was started in the IRL as a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort to evaluate dolphin health from individual, population and comparative perspectives, assess anthropogenic and environmental factors that affect dolphin health, and utilize data to develop predictive models and evaluate conservation and management strategies. Primary funding for FAU’s HBOI efforts is provided by the “Protect Wild Dolphins” Florida Specialty License Plate.

For more information, contact Cara C. Perry at 772-242-2317 or


About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans. Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit

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 from Georgia Aquarium, Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, Sea Rescue with Sam Champion, Recipe Rehab, and Food for Thought with Claire Thomas. 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 and Consumer Alert News Service. For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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