This is a compilation of footage taken in Jan. 2012 and Jan. 2013 of giant kelp forests off of south-eastern Tasmania. Forest locations were Fortescue Bay and Munro Bight. As of January 2013, the forest at Fortescue no longer exists. Reasons attributed to the decline of this kelp forest and numerous others along the east coast of Tasmania include: warming waters, increasing occurrence of invasive species and a disruption of the natural food chain due to overfishing.
This video is a tribute to the beauty of these forests in the hope that the attention they are finally getting from the government is not too late to prevent their extinction.
Diving services provided by Eaglehawk Dive Centre. Filmed on a Sony HDR XR550 camera in a Light and Motion Bluefin Pro housing and Sola 1200 lights. Edited with Premiere Pro. Music is "Martin David" by Matteo Zingales - from the movie "The Hunter". Used with permission. I thought the music fitting because the movie was about the extinct Tasmanian Tiger.