How to Connect with the Ocean While in Lockdown: ECO’s Top Picks

We may be safe inside our homes, but we can still keep connected with the ocean through an incredible variety of compelling science and nature-focused documentaries, films and podcasts. We’ve picked out some of our favorites for you to enjoy while you’re out of the water.

Blue Planet II (2017)

This critically acclaimed series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, dives deep into the marine environment of Planet Earth. Although two-thirds of the world's surface is covered with water, scientists know less about the ocean than they do about the surface of the moon. David Attenborough returns to the world's ocean in this sequel to the acclaimed documentary, filming rare and unusual creatures of the deep, as well as documenting the problems the ocean faces.

Watch it now here.

Chasing Coral (2017)

This documentary takes a look beneath the waves, where coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. Photographers, scientists and divers grab their cameras and head underwater, attempting to record the process of coral bleaching. The documentary offers a look at some of the Earth's most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future.

Watch it now here.

Blackfish (2013)

This film highlights issues with the sea park industry through the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion-dollar sea-park industry.

Watch it now here.

Mission Blue (2014)

This feature documentary is about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist and environmentalist Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries. An inspirational journey following Dr. Earle on her quest to protect the ocean from threats as pollution, overfishing and climate change.

Watch it now here.

A Plastic Ocean (2016)

This eye-opening documentary looks at what happens to all the plastic that gets thrown away. Journalist Craig Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, to create a film that blends adventure, travel, and science around the world. The documentary explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about plastic pollution.

Watch it now here.

My Ocean

My Ocean is a podcast that takes listeners on an adventure into the minds of some of the world's true ocean champions and dives into the remarkable ways they are protecting our blue planet. Hosted by Alexis Brown, each episode profiles a new personality, someone who has thrown convention to the wind and instead followed their own path to making a difference for the world's ocean.

Take a listen here.

Em1 my ocean podcastWorld Ocean Radio

A weekly series of five-minute audio essays on a wide range of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects, brought to you by long-time host Peter Neill.

Take a listen here.

Em2 World ocean radioBy Dr Laura Michie, ECO Contributor

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