These are some of our favourite documentaries:
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
This excellent documentary outlines the life and work of one of the best oceanographers and marine biologists on the planet – Dr. Sylvia Earl. Inspirational and moving, it takes viewers on a journey from Dr. Earl’s childhood home on the Gulf Coast, to a lifetime of dedicated work on waters around the globe. Dr. Earl has lived a fascinating life, breaking through the glass ceiling all her life: studying marine algae for her doctorate, working as a researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, UC Berkeley, and Harvard, living underwater as the lead aquanaut in TEKTITE II in the Caribbean, working as a biologist on multiple research cruises, and co-founding a company that built some of the most innovative submersibles. She has logged thousands of hours underwater, scuba diving as well as descending to shocking depths in submersibles. She was also the first female Chief Scientist of NOAA. Since 1998, she has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Adoring fans address her as “Her Deepness”, in honor of her incredible life dedicated to ocean exploration.
The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Produced by the BBC, one of the best documentary production companies in our time, this award-winning eight-part series is narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Epic in proportion, and filmed over the course of several years by a huge team of the best wildlife cinematographers with the most advanced filming technology, it reveals stunning, beautiful, and never-before-seen ocean footage. Equally a series devoted to nature and conservation as well as an artistic statement, Blue Planet is one of the reasons so many of us have fallen in love with the oceans and pursued careers in marine biology.
If you are a fan of the original Blue Planet series, you’ll be happy to learn that the BBC Earth has released a sequel - Blue Planet II, and it is absolutely brilliant. The new series was filmed across 39 countries and took 4 years to complete. It will consist of seven parts, four of which - One Ocean, The Deep, Coral Reefs and Big Blue have already aired. The first episode of Blue Planet II was watched by an average of 10.3 million live viewers.
Turtle: The Incredible Journey
One of the first documentaries of its kind, this film follows the life history of an individual sea turtle from hatching to adulthood when she returns to her natal beach to breed. Beating incredible odds (only about 1 in 1,000 sea turtles survive to adulthood), the film documents the natural threats that sea turtles face throughout their lives, made much harder in large part now due to all the unnatural anthropogenic threats in the ocean. A moving story of a single sea turtle that will melt hearts of all, especially adoring sea turtle fans.
Between the Sea and Shore
Join WildAid Ambassador Eddie Peng on an epic adventure to learn about the many threats sea turtles face around the world. Along the way, you'll meet environmental warriors on the front lines of the battle to these iconic creatures. "Between the Sea and Shore" is a three-part documentary, produced and directed by Andrew Wegst. It's a co-production of WildAid, Youku and the China Sea Turtle Conservation Alliance.