Beneath the waves, coral reefs are dying on a massive scale … a group of scientists & filmmakers are fighting to stop it!
Most people stare up into space with wonder, yet we have this almost alien world on our own planet just teeming with life. It’s a world completely out of sight and out of mind.
Corals are sophisticated animals that are a fundamental part of a huge ecosystem. They will continue to live and flourish as long as their environment allows them to. There is currently a massive heat wave that’s travelling throughout the world’s oceans. As a result the corals bleach and only their skeletons remain. It’s like a constant human body temperature rise of two degrees with the onset of fever. That’s the seriousness of the issue – 50% of the world’s coral has disappeared in the last 30 years and more than 90 percent will die by 2050!
In the Netflix Documentary “Chasing Coral“ a team of photographers, divers and scientists spend more than three years in the field capturing and analyzing more than 500 hours of underwater footage from over 30 countries. Through their studies they are able to clearly illustrate the bleaching events and real-time effects of warming seas, bringing to light the shocking visual evidence of climate change on our oceans.
… then you open your eyes and it’s dead as far as you can see ..
There’s no time to waste if there is to be any chance of saving this unique and marvelous underwater environment. We live at a moment in time where we can change history. Perhaps it’s not too late for our reefs. May this documentary truly awaken the world!
An emotional race against time – The New York Times
Chasing Coral is now streaming @ Netflix
Chasing Coral Interviews
Jeff Orlowski’s film “Chasing Coral,” premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival sundance.org/projects/chasing-coral
Cast & Credits
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Jeff Orlowski’s first documentary, “Chasing Ice,” captured time lapse images of receding glaciers in a never before seen depiction of the reality of climate change.
The Chasing Coral / Bermuda Connection
A time-lapse camera was installed in Bermuda off the East End (St.George’s) but there is very little footage from the installation in the film as the camera was in the batch that went out of focus. The Chasing Coral Team partnered with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and had a great deal of help from Dr. Tim Noyes