Here is the selection of our favourite documentaries about the ocean. Wether you are new or experienced divers, they will make you want to go and explore the underwater world for the first or hundreth time.
A dive in the heart of the French, American and European 7th art.
Chasing corals takes you all around the world, exploring the corals reef looking for facts about their slow death. It’s another inconvenient truth that coral could be completely wiped out in 30 years by climate change. Bleaching is another word for death, and Chasing Corals takes us through vast stretches of seabed where the coral has turned as white as ashen twigs.
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.
A plastic ocean:
This movie is an exploration of the deepest part of our oceans. The group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that are at the origin of this documentary was surprise to find pieces of plastic deep down the big blue. What can we do to change our future and become “greener”? This movie might give you some clue.
A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.Mission Blue:
Mission Blue is an alliance including more than 200 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations, from large multinational companies to individual scientific teams doing important research. Each group or individual share the same passion for the protection of the nature and fight for creating a global network of marine protected areas large enough to restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. Sylvia Earle embark us in her world, discovering her work, where hope leads all actions. An epic adventure through the four corners of the globe.
More than four years in the making, MISSION BLUE is legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s eye-opening wake-up call to save the ocean. Directed by Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) and Robert Nixon (“Gorillas in the Mist”), the film follows Dr. Earle on her global quest to protect the ocean — and the extraordinary marine life that calls it home — from the powerful forces of pollution, overfishing and climate change.
Life in the Blue:
Enjoying the marine life like if you were diving, from your couch, what could be better? Life in the Blue takes you dancing with the Manta Rays, dining with the turtles and locating the hidden spots of the clown fish. A great day under the surface of the water. This documentary will let you discover or rediscover the marine fauna and flora and will make you want to go diving without waiting any longer.
This film reveals the extraordinary variety of life found in the vast blue expanses of the open ocean. Here, all the action takes place in a 10 meters deep band of water, just under the surface. Many species use this section of water to migrate and hunt while others use ingenious ways to stay hidden where there appears to be no shelter.
An elegantly filmed documentary that takes us on a beautiful adventure into the oceans. The film guides us through various series of events (sailfish relying on mackerel; mackerel relying on zooplankton; zooplankton relying on marine prairie) it is not simply to demonstrate the function of a food chain, but to illustrate the way in which all life is intrinsically interconnected. What happens to our oceans happens to ourselves.
Filmed by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, along with an outstanding team of international underwater cinematographers in partnership with OMEGA and with the scientific support of Tara Expeditions.
The film aims to explain some of the planet’s greatest natural mysteries, while reinforcing how essential it is that mankind learns to live in harmony with our oceans. “Planet Ocean” serves as a reminder of the bond between humanity and nature, and the duty that exists to protect and respect our planet. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, presented this film to the leaders of Rio+20 conference, in June 2012.
Deep Blue :
The deep blue is a true hymn to nature. Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt invite you to explore the rich marine biodiversity, from the North pole to the South pole, from sandy beaches to pools and all types of life, from the most simple ones ( jelly fish, plankton and corals) to the most evolved (rays, penguins, whale sharks, blue whales). Our oceans are vast spaces where every kind of life blend in harmony.
This nature documentary shows the lives of different animals in and near the oceans that make up two-thirds of the planet’s surface. Gray whales make their migratory journeys despite being menaced by killer whiles, while smaller fish struggle to stay alive. In the Arctic, penguins and polar bears endure the winter, while on beaches crabs emerge to feed. Meanwhile, five miles under the water, unusual forms of life thrive — many of them in places less explored than the moon.