The Patterns of the Ocean February 27, 2018

Protecting Indonesia’s Manta Rays In their latest documentary, The Jetlagged accompany manta ray researcher Elitza Germanov (Marine Megafauna Foundation) on a field trip in Komodo in Indonesia. Manta ray numbers are declining because their gills have recently become a dubious trend in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Numerous conservation efforts are taking place to protect the gentle ocean giants, including “Citizen Science” projects to identify individuals by their unique spot patterns on their bellies. The filmmakers document the efforts of scientists and…

The Pale Horse – Coral Apocalypse August 27, 2017

Our world climate is changing. We can already feel it, but other organisms sense it quicker than us and even more drastically. Such are tropical, reef-building corals. Their polyps react very sensitive to changing conditions like water quality and in particular the surrounding ocean temperature: the stress caused by rising temperatures drives them to expel symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. Without the nutrients the algae provide, the coral polyps slowly starve and die….

Little Teeth – Saving Sharks on Bali February 27, 2017

“Little Teeth – Saving Sharks on Bali” accompanies the work of a shark rescue center on Bali, probably the only one of its kind in the world. “Bali Sharks” offers fishermen an alternative to killing the sharks they catch in their nets. After a period of rehabilitation, the sharks are released back into a nearby marine protected area. The organization also runs eco-tours and education projects about sharks with school classes on Bali. A W A R D S: Best Ecological…

We live underwater (How we built our own artificial Biorock reef) July 14, 2015

Coral reefs worldwide are threatened, suffering from pollution, overfishing and global warming. According to the WWF, we have already lost 27% of the world's coral reefs. If present rates of destruction continue, 60% of the world's coral reefs will be gone in the next 30 years. But we can do something to help: We built an artificial Biorock reef on Gili Trawangan, an Indonesian island paradise with heavily damaged corals. A submerged metal structure will be equipped with a special...

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