'Jewels of the Gulf' Documentary Now Available!

'Jewels of the Gulf' Documentary Now Available!

May 04, 2018

The ECOGIG outreach office worked with Allison Albritton (Ocean Allison) to produce a 16 minute documentary on the research ECOGIG scientists are doing in the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the footage was acquired during our 2017 'Jewels of the Gulf' research expedition:

"On April 20th 2010, approximately 50 miles from the Louisiana coastline, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the largest marine oil spill in history. Over the course of 87 days, an estimated 210 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico from a wellhead nearly one mile beneath the surface. Images in the media portrayed the dire consequences to human lives and livelihoods, animals, and shorelines. But there are impacts that the media didn’t cover — the impacts of the spill on the deepwater ecosystems of the Gulf. ECOGIG scientists are documenting the continued impacts of the accident on the unique and beautiful deep sea corals that form the basis of diverse biological communities deep beneath the Gulf’s surface."

The film was officially selected for screening at the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival, the 2018 Azalea Film Festival, the 2018 Ashton Biodiversity Film Festival, the 2018 Twisted Oyster Film and New Media Festival, and the 2018 SEA Discovery Film Festival and is now available to watch online - check it out on our Vimeo channel or right here on our website!


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