‘Oceans’

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I have just finished a year working on the BBC series ‘Oceans’. It has been a mind-blowing year that managed to cram a lifetimes worth of Top Life Experiences into 12 months.
The series intended to provide an integrative approach to the sea – to look at the relationship between man and the ocean in a historical context, and what present and future measures are desperately needed to conserve 70% of our planet. I hope we managed to communicate marine science, archaeology and conservation to a wide audience. Personally, it was a privilege to work with such a talented group of people, from award winning technical crew and BBC production staff to a diversity of international scientists.
It would be hard to talk about ‘Oceans’ without mentioning the animals, from the largest to the smallest, vertebrate to invertebrate. We swam with sperm whales, whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and marveled at exquisite sea dragons, sea horses and tropical corals.
It feels like you are a temporary visitor to their realm, and I like that – we cannot compete with millions of year of watery evolution and we are constantly reminded of our own limits and just how lucky we are to visit man’s unnatural element.
Below are a few images from the series.
For more ‘Oceans’ information, visit www.bbc.co.uk/oceans
For a few clips from the series, visit youtube
oceanssealion

Diving with an australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) off the coast of Tasmania.

oceanswalrus

Paul Rose, expedition leader, and I next to a walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) haul out on Svalbard, Arctic Ocean.

Ian Kellett Imagery

With Philippe Cousteau at Lake Asal, Djibouti.

Oceanswreck

On the wreck of the Umbria in the Red Sea, with Dr. Lucy Blue, maritime archaeologist.

oceansLucyandTooni

Surveying the stormy Southern Ocean with Lucy.

oceansseapens

Deep water seapens in 7 m of tanin stained water off the southwest coast of Tasmania.

oceansboat2

At sea, wrapped up against the cold in the Arctic Ocean.

oceansdive

Night diving in the Sea of Cortez, on a search for Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas).