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A Series of 4 Programs
One Ocean

Spectacular 4-part series dives into the world's vast interconnected ocean ecosystem--telling the story from its turbulent birth to its threatened future.

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Closed Captioned

Produced by CBC's "The Nature of Things"
Executive Producer: Michael Allder
CBC Producer: Caroline Underwood
Merit Motion Pictures Producer: Merit Jensen Carr
Narrator and Host: David Suzuki

"I have finally found a film series that thoroughly covers all of the current marine topics that I teach in the classroom." Michelle Ashley, Environmental Science teacher, South Aiken High School
ONE OCEAN tells the story of the world's vast interconnected ocean ecosystem. With a wealth of never-before-seen HD footage, the spectacular 4-part series bears witness to underwater volcanoes erupting meters from the camera and discoveries of rare and bizarre life forms. Some of the planet's most innovative and charismatic marine scientists guide us on this adventure.

Journey with ONE OCEAN's cameras as they travel to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA exploring the richness of the underwater world. In each breathtaking episode, join scientists as they explore the ocean's beauty, power and fragility. The scientists include marine biologist, Boris Worm; ocean climate modeller, Debbie Ianson; zoologist, Nancy Rabalais; geologist, Nick Eyles; oceanographer, Richard Feely; paleontologist, Ted Daeschler; extreme deep sea researcher, Verena Tunnicliffe; and author and underwater photographer, Wade Doak.

The titles in the series are:

Birth of an Ocean - The story of the ocean's turbulent beginnings and its successive incarnations.

Footprints in the Sand - Reveals the devastating impact of human activity on the ocean since we first settled along its coasts over 150,000 years ago.

Mysteries of the Deep - Explores the beguiling depths of the seas, as technology allows us to venture further and further into the planet's last frontier.

The Changing Sea - Decodes the signals that the ocean is sending us. Is the ocean's chemistry being compromised by increased acidity, less oxygen and warming temperatures?

Grade Level: 8-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2012     Copyright Date: 2010
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-220-9

"Very impressive! One Ocean is an exceptional series of videos focused on some of the most pressing problems threatening the health and future of the oceans...The geographic diversity of the areas covered, the superb quality and high definition videos, and the lucid explanations of the science provide a powerful and credible set of stories...These are moving and compelling stories of ocean researchers investigating the problems humans have created in the sea and explaining why our one ocean needs our help now."
Dr. Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Author, Living with the Changing California Coast and Introduction to California Beaches and Coast

"I have finally found a film series that thoroughly covers all of the current marine topics that I teach in the classroom which includes MPAs, marine ecosystems, sustainability, international coastal culture, climate change and the formation of ocean life. It is presented in a sense of urgency and at the same time provides essential background information peaking the viewer's interest with animations and interviews with seasoned marine scientists and beautiful cinematography! One Ocean should be an integral part of any environmental studies course."
Michelle Ashley, Environmental Science teacher, South Aiken High School

"Puts viewers in the passenger seat along-side scientists, fishermen and explorers on numerous ocean-going expeditions...Most impressive is the ample footage from deep-sea explorations--courtesy of research submersibles. These give us a window into alien worlds...Appropriate for audiences from grade school students to adults."
Timothy Oleson, EARTH Magazine

"There are a lot of DVDs available on topics relating to the ocean, but these are some of the best I have seen. I enjoyed the way in which information was conveyed and was pleased to learn things I had not seen in previous videos...I highly recommend this series to public, high-school, and college libraries."
Barbara Butler, University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Educational Media Reviews Online

"The cinematography is breathtaking. The views, especially those of the oceans' depths, are nothing short of brilliant. [Birth of an Ocean] is both visually stimulating and content rich, allowing for a quite wide and varied audience access to this DVD. Both teachers and students, along with every other person simply interested in the nature of the oceans and our ecosystem, will find themselves very pleased with this DVD."
Marc Zucker, Assistant Professor, NSTA Recommends

"Spectacular undersea footage, informative narration by David Suzuki, and engaging interviews with leading marine conservation scientists worldwide. Footprints in the Sand presents case studies of major threats to our oceans caused by human activities. Topics spanning the globe include overfishing and coastal pollution, and importantly, ecosystem-based approaches for replenishing and conserving the oceans for future generations."
Dr. Mark Hixon, Professor of Marine Conservation and Biology, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

"If there is a rhythm to the stories of ecosystem crises from the ocean and lands around the world, Footprints on the Sand adds several new beats...Footprints uses beautiful imagery layered with interviews and testimony from fishermen and scientists on the front lines of each story. It concludes with two stories of hope that show people can come together to create protected areas that support resilience in coastal ecosystems."
John C. Anderson, Director of Education, New England Aquarium

"Footprints in the Sand illustrates the effects of fishing in artisanal and industrial fisheries and makes strong visual connections among the `fishing down' process, the effects of man and burgeoning human populations on the world's oceans...I will use it to generate a discussion of fishing as a major negative influence on marine ecosystems that is under-appreciated and has preceded other impacts including habitat destruction, pollution, water diversions, and the introduction of exotic species."
Dr. Donald Baltz, Professor and Chair, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

"Very impressive. The footage is exceptional and the subjects that formed the sub-themes are good choices. Mysteries of the Deep exhibited a good balance between applied, fishery-related topics such as the crash of the orange roughy fishery and the effects of bottom trawling on the deep corals habitat, and new basic research such as the feeding strategy of the barreleye fish, Macropinna microstoma, and the work on the Mariana Arc. Excellent."
Dr. Joseph Torres, Professor, Biological Oceanography, University of South Florida

"The Changing Sea presents fascinating case studies of the looming threats of the evil twins of ocean warming and acidification...Ocean warming is already disrupting ocean ecosystems. Also caused by carbon emissions, ocean acidification [is] a global problem that will worsen unless society finally addresses the dangers of unlimited burning of fossil fuels and forests."
Dr. Mark Hixon, Professor of Marine Conservation and Biology, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

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DVDs include public performance rights.

DVD Features
Includes scene selection and closed captions.

64-page Teacher Resource Guide, written by practicing educators, provides a wealth of activities, lesson plans and curriculum outcomes to assist in integrating the DVDs and the One Ocean web site into the classroom.

Awards and Festivals
Best Interactive/New Media Program, Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival
Best Web-Based Games, Canadian New Media Awards
Interactive Award, Applied Arts Magazine

Climate Change/Global Warming
Earth Science
Global Issues
Marine Biology
Oceans and Coasts
Pacific Studies

Related Titles

A Sea Change
Ocean acidification threatens over one million species with extinction--and with them, our entire way of life.

The End of the Line
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Empty Oceans, Empty Nets
Examines the global marine fisheries crisis and the efforts to implement sustainable fishing practices.

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Looting the Seas
Investigates the looming collapse of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna stocks and the role EU policies have played in the crisis.

Farming The Seas
The perils and promise of fish farms in a world running out of ocean fish stocks.

A Life Among Whales
A fascinating exploration into the life and work of whale biologist and activist Roger Payne.

Silent Sentinels
Was the unprecedented mass coral bleaching in 1998 proof of global warming?

... more Reviews

"The Changing Sea is a compelling introduction to a series of modern ocean mysteries and troubling trends that scientists are investigating. Each is explained with a combination of stunning video close-ups and landscape views and interviews with fishermen and scientists who are on the front lines and on the case. The stories provide reason for grave concern but ultimately invite and encourage each of us to participate in envisioning new ways to relate to the ocean world."
John C. Anderson, Director of Education, New England Aquarium

"The Changing Sea makes convincing connections that illuminate additive and maybe synergistic negative human impacts on marine systems that are often so subtle as to be overlooked. Minor changes in ocean temperatures, pH, salinity and species composition may go unnoticed by casual observers. Taken together, these seemingly minor changes are likely to lead to unintended negative consequences of major magnitude. I will use it in the classroom to inform a discussion of how feedback loops at any level in a food web can lead to unintended consequences."
Dr. Donald Baltz, Professor and Chair, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

"Very well done. The subjects chosen in The Changing Sea, the systems used to illustrate them, and the scientists interviewed were just right. The footage and dialogue were terrific."
Dr. Joseph Torres, Professor, Biological Oceanography, University of South Florida

"[The Changing Sea is] a classroom friendly program that will enhance general science and environmental science classes studying oceanography."
Patricia Ann Owens, School Library Journal

"[Footprints in the Sand is] a striking presentation...Interviews with scientists, including one female researcher, help keep the film personal, and the photography, if not spectacular, is always excellent, with plenty of engrossing scenes above and below the surface."
Charles Hibbard, Lowell High School, Science Books and Films

"Breathtakingly beautiful and, at times, truly awe-inspiring in its visual splendour."
- Brad Oswald, The Winnipeg Free Press

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