Film Offers Modern Looks at Underwater Life

Friday, February 03, 2006
The Silent World will expose discoveries that are as vibrant and beautiful today as they were when first exposed 50 years ago. At the film’s beginning, viewers follow a group of scuba divers wearing a new Aqualung technology to their destination, a motion-picture studio 65 feet under the sea. However, this studio has no actors, backdrops, or special effects. Instead, there are the divers themselves and the diverse variety of sea creatures that surround them. Their continually changing backdrop also includes the endless depths of the Mediterranean Sea. Later, the diving crew resurfaces and takes the film aboard Cousteau’s research ship, the Calypso. Onboard we are introduced to the crew members who will be undertaking several important scientific missions: mapping the ocean floor using sonar technology, documenting the different types of fish and ocean life and, hopefully, making some unexpected discoveries along the way. Comedy is present throughout, as the crew, composed of scientific researchers and academics, breaks away from the science and indulges the audience in some underwater fun. The crewmembers swim with and ride on the backs of sea turtles, eat fresh seafood and film their capture and imprisonment of a large fish they dub Ulysses. The film can get graphic, especially when the ship runs over a baby whale that soon turns the water around them crimson red, attracting the attention of over a dozen sharks. Even more shocking, and perhaps even politically incorrect, is a scene that shows the crew clubbing many small sharks to death. But despite these acts—including a scene of dynamite fishing and the exploration of a shipwreck—all activities were performed for the sake of scientific research, giving the film a genuine insight of exploration and discovery and lending the audience a view of a world they might never see. (Source: The Gateway)
Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

Liebherr to Deliver RTGs to Mayotte and Manila

Liebherr confirms orders for variable speed RTGs and electric RTGs. DPWorld Asian Terminals Inc. has placed an order with Liebherr Container Cranes for a further 5 RTGs at its Manila facility.

U.S. Navy Contracts 12 Rapid Response Skimmers

Kvichak Marine won a US Navy contract for 12 30-ft.Rapid Response Skimmers (RRS) for delivery over the next 18 months, with options for up to 30 additional skimmers to be delivered through 2019.

News

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

USCG to Ensure Safety During World Series

The Coast Guard and local agencies are working to ensure the safety of boaters and baseball fans during World Series games at AT&T Park this weekend. The

Areva-Siemens Raises Claim Over Finnish Reactor Delays

The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens , the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO),

 
 
Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1887 sec (5 req/sec)