The Estuary & Ocean Science Center Film Series is presented in proud partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival [www.oceanfilmfest.org]. The first film in the series is ‘BLUE SERENGETI.’
‘BLUE SERENGETI’ — “Right off our California shores we have one of the ocean’s most stunning congregations of predators and prey – wilderness like this is vital to the ocean’s health,” said Dr. Sal Jorgensen, a Senior Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “We almost lost this once, when seals, sea lions, whales and other species were hunted to near extinction. More than ever we need bold efforts to conserve wide-ranging marine species throughout their range.”
Director Bob Nixon captures all of this action through the eyes of scientists, autonomous vehicles and the sharks themselves. The team the vehicles and Non-invasive Camera Tags, which are attached directly to humpback whales, elephant seals, and white sharks, and allow the research team to view and recreate the movement and behaviors of Monterey’s seasonal visitors.
Blue Serengeti takes the viewer on a journey that shows unprecedented, never-before-seen underwater views from the California National Marine Sanctuaries, to find out why the greatest migration on earth comes here, to the waters off Monterey, California. [42 minutes]
DAVID McGUIRE — Marine biologist and ocean advocate David McGuire is the founder of the Ocean Health and Shark Conservation non profit Shark Stewards [www.sharkstewards.org]. As a Research Associate of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, David is conducting a shark research program that includes shark population studies, movements and fisheries impacts. An adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, David teaches on marine protection policy and is co-chair of the Golden Gate MPA Collaborative. As Captain, Dive Master and filmmaker, David has explored the world ocean on numerous sailing voyages producing media with an emphasis on ocean awareness. Educated in Marine Biology, he holds a masters degree in Environmental Health and has worked in education and public health at the University of California at Berkeley for over a decade.