When we were hanging out at the Manta cleaning station at San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedo Archipel, I turned around and out of the blue (literally) came this school (call it a bait ball) of Tuna towards me. It split up and embraced me. I was completely surrounded. When I watched them and turned around 180 degrees, they formed a ball again and disappeared, back into the blue. It left me charged with so much positive energy.
This school of Tarpons was filmed at Turtle Reef, Grand Cayman. Many schools are around the Island and they stay more or less together on the same spot during the day. I love the mysterious look of them, moving slowly in swim throughs and under ledges. It was also the first time I saw a Remora on a Tarpon.
70% of our planet's surface is covered by water, and yet we call our planet Earth. Seems strange eh?
For centuries we have believed that our oceans were an endless resource and we have harvested their bounty to their maximum potential. However over the last decade in particular we have begun to realize that this is not the case and that our oceans are just as fragile and prone to destruction as any other habitat.
Commercial fish stocks the world over are on the brink of collapse and at current rates will disappear by 2050 at the latest. Shark populations have been decimated as we continue to kill up to 100 million sharks a year. As a result many species are in imminent danger of extinction. Today we have only 5% remaining of our coral reefs that once carpeted most of our tropical seas. By 2050 it is believed that we will loose a further 95% of what little remains. We are in danger of turning our most incredible of natural wonders into a barren desert completely devoid of life.
With all these words of doom it perhaps seems strange then that this film attempts to celebrate our water planet by sharing some of the wonders that I have seen during the past 12 months or so. I truly hope that I can convey at least a small part of the awe that I often feel while under the surface of our water planet. I have very little hope that it will be possible to save our oceans in their current state, but we must try with all our resolve, because if we loose this amazing resource, we may find that our species may also be on a very short path to extinction.
A magical world, right in our own hometown. The aquarium in Bergen, Norway, has always been a popular venue for kids, of all ages. Here you can see fish, crabs, sharks, penguins, seals, sea stars, and other animals that live in the sea.
Hand held in low light conditions with a Canon HF10. Shot in Cine Mode PF25 at FXP resolution. No color correction, or filters applied.
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Canon HF10 w/WD-H37C II
Pinnacle Studio 14 w/MBL
«Beach Combers/Lush» by Gavin Hardcastle