Blue Zoo, the new marine wildlife adventure documentary series for children from RTÉ and Australia's ABC, has begun filming.

The 13-part series sees eight teenagers - four from Ireland and four from Australia - teaming up to work and train as marine experts in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.

The teenagers are: Aurea Kenny, Sophie O'Loughlin-Kennedy, Tallann Maguire and Darragh Joyce from Ireland and Dana Ubiparipovic, Ivy Nehl, Bailey Hendy and Jaymin Hyland-Taylor from Australia.

The eight will work for the next six weeks at a local marine park, training with and caring for dolphins, seals and turtles which have been rescued and rehabilitated, or born into human care.

They will also be involved in marine rescues and design their own marine wildlife show.

Blue Zoo is produced by Air Pig Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes and ABC3 in Australia and will air on RTÉ Two in 2014.

Pauline MacNamara, 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."