Daily Recco, June 8: Oceans, a hymn to the marine world

On World Oceans Day today, dive into the underwater wonderland with the documentary Oceans.

 |  2-minute read |   08-06-2021
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Fun fact: Did you know that 94 per cent of earth’s living species exist in the oceans? And that humans have explored less than five per cent of oceans so far?

The tiny proportion of marine life that man has explored and discovered so far is nothing short of a wonderland. And bringing you a glimpse into this wonderland are the French filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, with their nature documentary — Oceans (2009).

Enriched with breath-taking and spectacular imagery and seductive visualisation, this documentary will open your eyes to a whole new world.

You’ll go all “awww” at the baby turtles crawling out of the sand and the penguins; dream of frolicking with the cavorting dolphins; laugh at the antics of the lounging sea lions. And you will also find yourself holding your breath as the mealtime begins for predators. You will be lost on who to root for? The prey or the predator. And at the end of it all, you will find yourself championing the cause of the weird and wonderful creatures under the seas.

The narration is not over-the-top. The directors and the narrator let the pictures do most of the talking. And what amazing stories do they tell! The makers use the best underwater technologies (available back then), to bring out the unprecedented peek beneath the seas. The message is powerful yet not rebuking. The finger-wagging is minimal yet the documentary paints a realistic portrayal of human activity on the oceans. 

There is nothing better than Oceans we can recommend for you to watch on World Oceans Day today. The documentary is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Also Read: How environment was pushed to the brink of disaster in India


Rajeshwari Ganesan Rajeshwari Ganesan @rajeshwaridotg

The author writes on wildlife, environment, gender issues, science, health, books and a host of other topics. A professional journalist and a passionate environmentalist. Former Assistant Editor, DailyO.

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