Wild Ocean 3D

Synopsis: Wild Ocean is an uplifting cinematic experience capturing one of natures greatest migration spectacles through the magic of IMAX. Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, Wild Ocean is a timely documentary that celebrates the animals that now depend on us to survive and the efforts by local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast where Africa meets the sea.
Production: Giant Screen Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
45 min

For centuries we have considered

the ocean a vast limitless resource.

Why shouldn't we?

There were shoals of fish

too big to imagine.

And we didn't just need to eat

the fish and the whales we took...

...we needed their oil

for fuel, for power and light.

Yet one by one, fisheries were

depleted around the world.

In the Mediterranean, the

north Atlantic, and the pacific.

The fish we took were at

the centre of a delicate food chain

that connected the

tiniest micro-organisms

to the largest animals

on the Earth.

Break the food chain by

taking too much from the sea,

and one by one,

the other predators disappear.

But there is a place where

man still shares the ocean,

where the food chain

is still unbroken.

This is where

Africa meets the Sea.

We are in the Transkei...

...on the Eastern coast

of South Africa.

Each winter, the coastline

becomes a battleground

where tropical predators

meet cold water prey

in one of the greatest

natural events on the planet.

Gigantic shoals of fish,

pursued by the highest concentration

of ocean predators in the world,

will head here,

to a place called...

the Wild Coast.

With no safe harbor

for hundreds of miles,

it is a remote

ocean wilderness.

Here we can have a glimpse

of what the oceans of the world

might have looked like

hundreds of years ago.

Here, beneath the waves,

we will witness

the circle of life.

These are the Sardines.

They are a valuable

source of protein

for every predator at

the top of the food chain.

They are central to

the oceanic ecosystem.

For just a few weeks each winter,

millions of sardines find themselves

drawn into the shallow water

creating shoals up

to ten miles long.

From the air, they could

be mistaken for an oil slick.

The sardines follow

the cold water currents

sweeping northwards from

the Southern Cape of Africa,

pursuing the plankton

and nutrients they crave.

This can bring them

as far as the Wild Coast,

and perhaps even further north

to the beaches of KwaZulu Natal,

where another

predator awaits them.

Passing northwards from

the Wild Coast into KwaZulu Natal

is like entering

a different world,

a different South Africa.

This is where Zulu and

Western culture come together,

sharing a common link.

A connection with the sea.

Industry came to this region

from the land and

the sugar cane fields,

but there is another kind

of wealth in the ocean.

When the sardine shoals

pass north of the wild coast,

opposing warm water currents

can force the cold water,

closer to the shore.

If this happens, thousands

and thousands of fish

can be literally swept up

on the beaches

in a potential bonanza

for the local fisherman.

Fishermen look for dolphins and

gannets arriving from the south.

tell tale signs that

sardines are on their way.

But for now they

prepare their nets, and wait.

Not so far away,

just beneath the waves,

another resident of this coastline

is waiting for the shoals.

These Bottlenose Dolphins

will work together in groups

using their sonar to

track down the sardines.

The sardines begin their journey

hundreds of miles south

of the Wild Coast

near the fishing ports

Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.

It is also home to

some of the predators

that will pursue them.

This is a colony of

over 60.000 gannets,

many of whom will

make the journey north.

They will be joined

by Cape Fur Seals.

These seals have traveled

only a short distance

from the Eastern Cape

and have found a shoal,

not of sardines, but of

a baitfish called Massbunker.

The school of fish has formed

what is known as a baitball

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