oceans day: books and documentaries that takes us to the depths of the sea

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”. – Jacques Cousteau, marine scientist and researcher

 

World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 and it’s vital to remember its importance. The oceans cover more than 70% of the planet. They represent our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on Earth.

 

The ocean produce at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of Earth’s biodiversity, and is the main source of protein for more than a billion people around the world.

 

For those reasons, at 3Love we want to share with you some recommendations for books and documentaries that take us to the depths of the oceans to appreciate their richness.

 

Books

 

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. This novel is narrated by Professor Pierre Aronnax, a notable biologist who is taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and driven across the oceans aboard the submarine Nautilus. This classic of world literature celebrates the freedom of the ocean and the wonderful inventiveness of human beings.

 

“Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans” by Sylvia Earle. She is a renowned marine biologist and explorer who has dedicated her life to studying the oceans. This book is simultaneously a compelling adventure story spanning three decades of Earle’s underwater exploration, a privileged introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology, and an urgent plea to preserve the world’s fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems.

 

“The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. This short novel is set in Cuba and its protagonist is Santiago, an elderly fisherman who fights with a huge fish in the middle of the ocean and remembers his past life. The book explores themes such as perseverance, courage, loneliness and the fight against adversity. The year after its publication, Hemingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

Documentaries

 

“My octopus teacher”. Directors: Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. A filmmaker and diver forges an unusual friendship with a female octopus who lives in a kelp forest in South Africa and learns a lot from this animal as she shares the mysteries of her world with him. It won the 2021 Oscar for best documentary, among many other awards. It is available on Netflix.

 

“Dolphin Reef”. Directors: Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill. Echo is a young bottlenose dolphin who lives in the Pacific Ocean. He seems more interested in exploring his spectacular coral reef home and its mysterious inhabitants, than learning how to survive on it. But his mother’s lessons and some encounters with the sea’s biggest predators teach Echo how to master his role in the marine community. This documentary is narrated by actress Natalie Portman. It is available on Disney +.

 

“Chasing Coral”. Director: Jeff Orlowski. A team of divers, scientists and photographers from around the world investigate how the daily deterioration of coral reefs is affecting marine life. This film shows the effects of global warming on the oceans and warns us how such a complex ecosystem could disappear forever. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. It is available on Netflix.

 

By: Juan Carlos Ugarelli

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