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The Great Barrier Reef

Posted on 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

The 2017 award-winning Chasing Coral film opened many eyes to the disappearance of our planet’s most dynamic ecosystems: coral reefs. In Global Reef Expedition: Great Barrier Reef, biologist and shark researcher Will Robbins guides us on dives through some of the 2,900 individual coral beds and a lifetime of work devoted to preserving the Great Barrier Reef. With the oceans rapidly changing around him, the information Will has spent years gathering may be more useful today than ever before. “How do the top predator sharks add durability to a coral reef?” the film asks. “Are we willing to accept the loss of our coral reefs?” As an ocean conservationist and filmmaker, these questions are emotionally disturbing for me -but also absolutely fascinating and compelling. The corals are spectacular and the 1,600 wildly different types of fish continually surprising. This 26-minute-long film showcases the excellent direction and underwater camerawork of former National Geographic filmmaker Adam Geiger (with whom I have worked a few times over the years). If you care about our seas or our planet or are headed to Australia, this film is a must-see!

Produced by Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Experience the Great Barrier Reef firsthand by snorkeling amongst its astonishing creatures and speaking with a marine biologist during O.A.T.’s A South Pacific Odyssey: Australia, the Outback & New Zealand.

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