5 Marine TED Talks Worth Listening To
I’d planned on having published a few more National Marine Week posts by now, but I’ve spent the past few days holed up in bed with a migraine and the thought of being anywhere near either the PC hasn’t been appealing, and the only thing that’s been coming in waves has been nausea. Thankfully, things have started to settle down now and by the time you read this I’ll be back to my normal self, though I’m sure “normal” is somewhat up for debate 😉
Whilst I’ve been unable to move without my brain feeling like it’s about to burst out of my skull I’ve been listening to TED Talks and Youtube videos, and when bright lights haven’t felt like torture devices I’ve even braved the occasional glance at the screen. As I can’t get my head around writing anything too long at the moment, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of my favourite marine related TED Talks with you.
My Wish: Protect Our Oceans
Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer who has been at the forefront of ocean research and exploration for the past four decades. In this talk, she shares her view of ocean alongside some pretty terrifying facts that should be enough to make anyone think twice about our current attitude towards our oceans.
Her wish is for you to “use all means at your disposal – films, expeditions, the web, new submarines – and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas” and it’s a wish I wholeheartedly share.
Hooked By An Octopus
Mike deGruy was a documentary filmmaker whose work always enchanted me. He specialised in underwater cinematography, and you’ll have likely seen some of his work as he was involved in The BBC documentary The Blue Planet as well as things for The Discovery Channel. Sadly, in 2012 he died in a tragic helicopter crash whilst on an assignment. He was part of the first team that first filmed the vampire squid and his work has helped so many take a look at an otherwise hidden world.
Why I Still Have Hope For Coral Reefs
The plight of coral reefs is big news at the minute, and as Kristen says in this talk, “reefs in the Pacific are losing corals faster than we’ve ever seen before.” But she has hope…
Dive Into An Ocean Photographer’s World
Thomas Peschak is a conservationist photographer whose work blows me away. Concerned with protecting our oceans, he works for National Geographic and shoots photos that reveal hidden ecosystems around the world. In his words, “you can’t love something and become a champion for it if you don’t know it exists”.
Glowing Life In An Underwater World
Bioluminescence has always completely fascinated me, but it’s hard not to be enchanted by animals that light up, glowing like the mystical creatures from my childhood imagination. This talk begins with a quote from Jacques Cousteau, who said: “People protect what they love”. I hope that you’ll fall equally in love with the beautiful creatures that make our oceans glow, and in turn share that love with others.
And to finish it off, here’s another bonus talk on bio-luminescence that I’m yet to watch. It came up as a suggestion whilst I was grabbing the links for the videos above, so I’ll be watching this in bed…