Beneath the waves, coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. These scientists and filmmakers are fighting to stop it.
rom the producers of Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral documents coral bleaching around the world. To showcase the phenomena, the team invented the first time-lapse camera designed exclusively for coral bleaching events.
The filmmakers, along with biologists, divers, and coral nerds, battle the elements and suffer technical malfunctions to capture the awe-inspiring footage.
Through this film, director Jeff Orlowski hopes to spread a visual message of what is happening beneath the surface of the ocean.
Often, when ocean temperatures rise, corals expel the algae living in their tissues and turn white. After the algae leaves, the coral is still alive, but more susceptible to disease and death. Scientists call this phenomena coral bleaching.
Runoff and pollution, extremely low tides, changing ocean temperatures, and overexposure to sunlight have been shown to cause the phenomena. The filmmakers believe human intervention can help clean up our oceans and limit coral bleaching events.