Secret Oceans 3D – Unveiling Some of the Seas Best Kept Secrets
By Jean-Michel Cousteau and co-author Jaclyn Mandoske
Gaze across the glistening sea and watch as the sun’s rays glimmer and bounce off the glassy seas and ocean waves. A body of water that covers more than two-thirds of the planet and yet below the surface of the ocean lies a world still so mysterious to us– from those who merely marvel at its beauty to scientists who spend their lives searching for answers to its secrets.
Over the course of my life, I have had the honor and privilege of dipping below the surface of the sea to soar nearly weightless among the animals that inhabit the ocean world below. My dream has always been to share with the world these beautiful and precious underwater cities that teem with the dazzling diversity of life. With new advanced digital and macro-camera technology, along with the unwavering dedication of the Ocean Futures Society and 3D Entertainment Films teams, I am sharing with the world some of the ocean’s most beautiful mysteries. Secret Ocean 3D is my newest film set for release in
March 2015 and with it I bring to the large digital screen the secrets and beauty of the sea that have touched me most deeply.
What a dream it is to bring such a world beyond the scope of our naked human eyes and onto a magnificent 3D cinema screen. I am confident this will bring each one of us closer into the heart of the ocean world. Life began in the sea – and for millions of years, every form of life has been forced to find ways to adapt and evolve to challenges they face. What has emerged from evolution is an ocean world bound by an intricate system of balances, with each process of life influenced and altered by the living and nonliving world around it.
Secret Ocean 3D brings us up close and personal with some of evolution’s most ingenious relationships.
Among these creations is the web of life wherein all creatures, plant and animal and microbe, are intertwined and interdependent. In a sense these linkages and relationships are symbiotic – a term that means living together. This oceanic cohabitation has resulted in some really amazing interactions among very unlikely partners.
These breathtaking coral reefs give rise to the greatest diversity of life found anywhere on the planet.
And it’s only possible due to the intricate relationship between corals and certain types of single celled algae that live within the tissues of their coral host. This microscopic relationship, something only a few decades ago we never knew existed, brings together forms of life that help one another survive. The stony corals that build coral reefs rely heavily on their symbiotic partnership. The corals provide the algae a home, fertilizer and access to the sunlight, which the algae use to make sugar. In return, the excess sugars are given to the corals, enabling them to survive in the otherwise nutrient-poor tropical waters. It is a system based on the advantages the two groups of organisms give to one another.
Unfortunately, corals are under many threats from human activities. On a global scale, climate change and ocean acidification are threatening reefs worldwide. On a local level, deforestation and coastal runoff bring pollution and sediment from the land into tropical clear ocean waters. Debris and sedimentation block sunlight to the algae, and if the algae cannot make enough sugars, the reef building corals cannot survive. It is a delicate balance of nature and one we all must continue to protect if we wish to sustain our future on this planet.
Camouflaged cryptically near the sandy seafloor, a spotted shrimp goby hovers precariously at the gate of its burrow. Constantly on watch, he guards the door as his partner – a nearly blind pistol shrimp, excavates their burrow. The shrimp creates the underground burrow, which is shared by the two species. If danger approaches, the goby wiggles his tail and the sensitive antenna of the shrimp recognize the alarm signal and the pair retreat to safety. How unlikely: a fish and a shrimp? Our 3D cameras take us right up the goby’s front door as we watch them together, two species that rely on one another and both benefit from the interaction, a type of symbiosis known as mutualism.
And of course, there is the iconic anemonefish that lives among the dangerous stinging tentacles of their anemone host. Certain species of damselfish have evolved over time to live in close association with anemones, a close relative to corals and jellies. Anemones, like corals and jellies, possess stinging cells that emit a harpoon-like structure, and often venom, into whatever it touches. Anemones protect themselves from their own stinging cells by having a special mucous layer covering the stinging tentacles. Anemonefish continuously rub up against this mucus layer, and in doing so – they use anemones own defense to protect themselves as well. The fish can hide in the cover of the anemones stinging tentacles, and the anemone receives nutrients from the fish’s waste as well as protection against other fish species that eat anemones.
Using 3D cameras with the highest resolution technology, we take you into the heart of the ocean and we share with you the beauty and extraordinary secrets of the sea. The ocean holds many secrets. One of the largest secrets – the ocean moderates the entire climate of the planet, redistributing the heat across the globe and allowing Earth to be a habitable place to live. And it contains some of the smallest secrets – harboring species that are responsible for recycling the very molecules like carbon and oxygen that sustain life.
If there is any one secret about the ocean – it is that we still have an infinite amount to learn, to understand, and to appreciate if we are to continue to thrive on this planet. My mission for decades has been to educate future generations so that they understand, fall in love with and protect the ocean.
Secret Ocean 3D will help me fulfill these goals and convey my fascination and awe with the rest of the world.