The Living Sea
Runtime: 44 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
Originally released by MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1996, The Living Sea has been a perennial favorite of giant-screen theater audiences and educators all over the world. The film takes audiences on a journey of discovery to learn how the world’s oceans are linked by currents, tides, and water cycles. Viewers can feel the power of the ocean as they surf thundering waves in Hawaii, ride the choppy waters in a Coast Guard Rescue boat at Cape Disappointment, and come face to face with humpback whales.
The Living Sea also introduces the audience to scientists who are expanding our knowledge of the sea. The film joins these scientists as they explore a type of jellyfish that has evolved from predator to farmer then follows a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) 3,000 feet down the ocean depths to view strange creatures living where sunlight never penetrates.
Spectacular footage from Palau, a string of Central Pacific islands highlighted in the film, emphasizes the Palauan view of the sea. Palau, located outside the commercial paths of the world, has remained relatively isolated from the impact of modern man. In Palau it is still possible to see what the oceanic ecosystem was like 500 years ago. The islands have been declared by an international group of ocean experts as one of the seven “Underwater Wonders of the World.”
With an average depth of two miles, the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. We depend on the sea to produce most of our planet’s oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. In fact, we are as dependent on the health of the ocean as the fish that swim in it. The Living Sea draws parallels between the islanders of Palau, with their traditions of respect for the ocean’s life-giving waters, and the scientists who are seeking to restore and protect its ecosystems.
The Living Sea features music by Grammy-winning artist Sting and narration by actress Meryl Streep. For more information visit The Living Sea.
The Living Sea opens December 26, 2012 at the Omni Theater.
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