Ways to Learn about our Oceans From Your TV!
Netflix & Conserve
Here at O&Co, we believe that it is of the utmost importance to learn about the beauty of the ocean and the impacts that humans can have on it. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to live on the coast and have the luxury of learning through personal experience. One of the best ways to educate yourself on the wonders of the ocean is by checking out some Netflix documentaries that will not only captivate your interest but also enlighten you on the depth and diversity of the oceans. Here are my top three!
Blue Planet (I and II)
The Blue Planet (I) and (II) documentaries on Netflix are absolutely breathtaking. This series explores the natural history of the world’s oceans while focusing each episode on a different aspect of marine life. It explores the mysteries of the deep, coastline populations, tidal and climatic influences, environmental impacts, and the intricate biological web that surrounds these ecosystems. Personally, I think the best part of the series is the absurd quality of underwater filming. Not only will you get to see the beauty of these underwater creatures, you will also get to see behaviors and actions of animals that have never before been captured on film. Whether you want to watch an episode at a time or binge watch it over a long weekend, you can’t go wrong with Blue Planet.
Life in the Blue
Life in the Blue opened up my eyes to how much marine life is present in just the shallow waters that we like to swim in during our trips to the beach. The entire film takes place in a 10-meter deep band of water- just under the surface of the ocean. The film shows the different ways that predators, prey, and all of the ocean-dwellers between can use the shallowest of waters to fulfill their needs such as migrating, mating, and feeding. It’s crazy to realize how much goes on in such a small part of the ocean and that it's happening all around us when we decide to take a dip in the sea on a hot summer day. This documentary gave me an entirely new appreciation for conservation efforts in coastal communities. Sure, we might think that one can get swept out to sea during a beach day isn’t a huge deal, and it probably won’t make it out to the ocean where all of the big animals are. However, what I now realize is how much those small actions can impact the life that happens right below the surface of the very waves that we like to swim in.
Hunters of The South Seas
Hunters of the South Seas isn’t your typical ocean documentary, but it is one of the best ones that I have watched on Netflix far. The series is only 3 episodes, and each episode follows one anthropologist as he travels to far and unknown coastal communities in the most remote parts of the world. Most of the communities are uncivilized, and they live in almost perfect harmony with the sea. They use the ocean as a source of food, but they do almost nothing else to alter it or harm it in any way. Unfortunately for these secret enclaves, they are beginning to be negatively impacted by the destruction that humans have done to the ocean. They are seeing more polluted waters, debris, and far more fish than they have in any years prior. It is both mind-boggling and heart-wrenching to see that these harmless, peaceful communities are being impacted by the actions of communities on the other side of the earth. After watching this documentary, I immediately became more aware of the trickle-down effect that my conservation efforts have. Every bottle, straw, and plastic bag MAKES A DIFFERENCE.