Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis

Commercial Cable TV Show


Dr. Bill Bushing is currently involved in the production of a proposed commercial cable TV show, "Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis." This show will focus on the marine life, ecology and conservation issues related to the giant kelp (Macrocystis) forests of southern California. Television audiences are often treated to beautiful footage from tropical coral reefs, but relatively few shows feature the cooler temperate water life on southern California's own backyard. Filming in this environment is much more difficult than in the clear, warm tropical waters where coral reefs are found.

This proposed show will consist of 22-minute episodes, each focused on a specific subject. The first series of episodes will introduce viewers to the marine life of southern California kelp forests including the giant kelp itself, other kelp and algae, marine invertebrates, fish and marine mammals. Like Dr. Bushing's earlier public access show, "Dive Dry with Dr. Bill," it is hoped that "Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis" will give the non-diving public a chance to "dive dry" by viewing them from the comfort of their favorite easy chair or couch... no cold water or wetsuit required.

Both Jacques Cousteau and his son Jean-Michel Cousteau have said that humans only protect what they love, and love what they know. This concept was first suggested by Senegalese poet and environmentalist Baba Dioum in a talk to the Indian National Congress in 1968. The important thing is that it is true. People are more likely to protect the Yosemites and Grand Canyons of the world because they are able to visit them personally and see their beauty and aesthetic (not to mention ecological) value first-hand. However only a small percentage of the world's population actually sees the marine habitats that comprise 70% of Planet Ocean with their own eyes.

The episodes in "Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis" are formatted to fill a commercial 30 minute time slot. Each one is 22 minutes long including introduction and credits. This also makes them excellent teaching tools for students taking marine biology or related courses at either high school or college level. Network cable providers may also be interested in the non-commercial 30-minute public access show "Dive Dry with Dr. Bill." That show and current episodes of the new show are filmed in mini DV (standard definition). Filming in high definition (HD) began in April, 2007, but episodes in that format will require the acquisition of sufficient stock footage to create.

If you are a broadcaster in search of high quality programming for your cable network, please contact Dr. Bushing ( If you are interested in the marine life of southern California, and would like to see Dr. Bushing's show broadcast on your cable network, write your cable provider and tell them of this opportunity.

You can see the entire 22-minutes of the introductory episode of "Munching and Mating in the Macrocystis" if you have a viewer capable of viewing iPod movies (MP4) and click on the image below (note: file is about 120 MB and will take some time to download). You may also watch many of the episodes in low resolution iPod format (MP4) on YouTube on Dr. Bill's YouTube channel (drbillbushing)

Currently Dr. Bill has 45 episodes which are ready to be syndicated on mainland cable TV systems. These include the following (links are to the YouTube episode in iPod format):

  1. Introduction to Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis (NOTE: about 120 MB file, long download)
  2. Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera): Classification, Morphology, Distribution and Physical Limiting Factors
  3. Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera): Growth, Reproduction, Role as Habitat and Food, Response to Disturbance
  4. Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera): Harvesting, Commercial Uses, Mapping and Scientific Study
  5. Overview of Marine Invertebrates in Southern California Kelp Forests
  6. Two Spot Octopus
  7. Market Squid
  8. Starfish
  9. Brittlestars
  10. Sea cucumbers
  11. Sea urchins
  12. Common fish species in southern California kelp forests
  13. Blacksmith and Other Damsels
  14. Garibaldi (General, Distribution, Ecology, etc.)
  15. Garibaldi (Reproduction, Growth)
  16. Kelpfish family (Clinidae)
  17. Fringeheads and pikeblennies (Labrisomidae and Chaenopsidae)
  18. Greenling family (Hexagrammidae)
  19. Goby family (Gobeiidae)
  20. Wrasse family (Labridae)
  21. Temperate bass family (Serranidae)
  22. Blue, leopard and soupfin sharks
  23. Horn shark
  24. Swell and angel sharks
  25. Great white and mako sharks (Lamnidae)
  26. Bat ray
  27. Other rays (shovelnose guitarfish, round stingray, thornback ray)
  28. Torpedo or Pacific electric ray
  29. Plankton (Taxonomic groups, size classifications, adaptations, food webs and larval dispersal)
  30. Sea chubs (Opaleye, Halfmoon and Zebrea perch)
  31. Grunts (Salema, Sargo and some tropical Grunts)
  32. The Night Shift, Part 1
  33. The Night Shift, Part 2
  34. Surfperch of Southern California, Part 1: Black Perch and Rubberlip Seaperch
  35. Surfperch of Southern California, Part 2: Shiner, Kelp and White Surfperch
  36. Surfperch of Southern California, Part 3: Walleye and Pile Surfperch<
  37. Gentle Giants: Giant Sea Bass Part 1 (name changes, distribution, habitat, physical featuresm feeding and parasite-host relationship)
  38. Gentle Giants: Giant Sea Bass Part 2 (courtship and mating, conservation efforts and scientific research)
  39. Playful Pinnipeds, Part I (order Pinnipedia; sea lions: general characteristics, geographic range, diet, behavior)
  40. Playful Pinnipeds, Part II (Sea lions: reproduction, population growth, historic and current threats)
  41. U. S. Navy ADS Deep Divers
  42. Moray episode
  43. Barracuda episode
  44. Baitfish I: Jack Mackerel and Chub Mackerel
  45. Baitfish II: Pacific Sardine and Topsmelt

Episodes under production include the following:

  1. Other kelps
  2. Yellowtail and Bonita
  3. Harbor Seals (two episodes)
  4. Exotic Species
  5. Aquatic birds, Part I
  6. Aquatic Birds, Part II
  7. Whales and Dolphins
  8. Sea of Cortez (several episodes)
  9. Munching in the Macrocystis (two episodes)
  10. Mating in the Macrocystis
  11. Defending Your Life [Defense Strategies]
  12. Symbiosis
  13. Parasitism

Air "Munching & Mating in the Macrocystis" on your cable network:

Cable TV providers interested in airing this commercial show can contact Dr. Bill
directly via e-mail (

or by telephone (310-510-8436)
to discuss airing this show on their system.

This web page last updated August 15, 2013

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