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Irish/Australian Co-Production 'Blue Zoo' Begins Filming in New South Wales.
14 Oct 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
The Blue Zoo group meet a baby seal.
‘Blue Zoo’, an Irish-Australian co-production featuring four Irish teenagers training to become marine animal experts, has begun filming in New South Wales.

Produced by Air Pig Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes and ABC3 Australia, the show will continue principal photography for the next six weeks at a marine park in Coff’s harbour.

The Irish teenagers tasked with caring for rescued dolphins, seals and turtles over the 13 episodes are Aurea Kenny; Sophie O'Loughlin-Kennedy; Tallann Maguire; and Darragh Joyce – all chosen based on their short audition videos explaining why taking part in the show would be their dream.

Pauline MacNamara, Executive Producer with RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes, said: ‘Blue Zoo is a fantastic opportunity for TRTÉ viewers to be part of an exciting marine conservation project literally on the other side of the world. Not just that, these four young Irish teens will experience the Australian lifestyle, work alongside Australian teens and have the adventure of a lifetime.’

Sydney-based production company, Air Pig Productions specialises in children's television, documentary and factual programming, 3D and adventure/underwater series.

Sally Browning, Air Pig Productions producer, added: ‘The eight rookie marine enthusiasts will take over key roles in the marine park. The work is serious but they will also get to have the adventure of a lifetime. The series will follow these gutsy teenagers who will hone their communication, science, creative and team-building skills under the supervision and guidance of marine experts.’

‘Blue Zoo’ will air on RTÉ Two in 2014 and the trailer can be viewed below:

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