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Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Issue 2/2015, OP No. 3

ONE OCEAN, ONE LIFE

“In the end we will conserve only what we love;
we will love only what we understand; and we will
understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum, Senegalese environmentalist,1968


But for years, the sea was inscrutable; impossible,
when looking at its surface, for people to imagine
(let alone love or understand) the beauty, the
peace, and the drama taking place below…
And then pioneering filmmakers began bringing
back images of the life below the waves. And
generations of people began learning about and
falling in love with the sea and the adventures
that it offered the intrepid. We were suddenly
introduced to the greater part of our planet and
came face to face with the desire, and need, to
protect it.
Times have changed dramatically since the early
days of underwater filmmaking, and not just
in terms of technology and image resolution.
Knowledge has transformed the way we interact
with, and present, the underwater world on film
today. While some of the old movies may seem
dated, and some of their messages and practices
less than politically correct to a modern audience,
we have to remember that we wouldn’t be where
we are without them.
We have a tremendous debt of gratitude to pay
the early underwater filmmakers – Hans and
Lottie Hass, Jacques Cousteau, and Valerie
Taylor, all amongst the vanguard who opened
up the possibility of conserving the incredible
aquatic environment.
This issue is a celebration of underwater film and
television, and the people who have brought the
ocean into our homes, onto the screen, from the
early days, through to the most cutting-edge and
exciting modern underwater documentaries.
Grab your popcorn and get comfortable. You
don’t want to miss this.

Contents

THE PIONEER OF PIONEERS

By Leslie Leaney

The third instalment of the life and trailblazing career of the revolutionary underwater filmmaker Professor Hans Hass

AMERICAS
LIVE AND LET DIVE

By Daniel Norwood

There is no cooler scuba diver than Bond. We follow his clandestine fin kicks...

EUROPE
AMORGOS: THE ORIGINAL BIG BLUE

By Nicholas Samaras

Dive the iconic location of the 80’s freediving movie that became a cult classic

ASIA
TALES OF A WANDERING UNDERWATER CAMERAMAN IN ASIA

Roger Munns

Filming for the BBC isn’t always as glamorous as it might seem, but it’s usually an adventure

JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU

So much more than the man synonymous with underwater filmmaking, Jacques Cousteau’s incredible achievements span the fields of engineering, conservation and exploration

OCEANIA
DANGEROUS REEF

By San Cahir

The little islands that made cinema history, with a starring role in Blue Water, White Death and Jaws

AFRICA
DESCENT TO THE WORLD OF THE GOMBESSA

By Laurent Ballesta

Making the first successful dive to over 100 metres to photograph and film the coelacanth, the living legend thought to have been extinct for 65 million years

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