Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  44 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 8-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Mysteries of the Deep

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Explores the beguiling depths of the seas, as technology allows us to venture further and further into the planet's last frontier.

Mysteries of the Deep

As technology improves, scientists are descending deeper and deeper into the planet's last frontier. Our modern-day explorers are in a race to map and observe the ocean's depths before human appetites and reckless exploitation destroy its undiscovered wonders.

MYSTERIES OF THE DEEP joins a team of scientists, ranging from biologists to volcanologists, on an international expedition to the Mariana Arc, on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Each day they make new discoveries about outlandish deep-sea dwellers and dramatic underwater volcanoes. But even as scientists catalog these new findings, industrial fisheries also delving further into deep waters in an attempt to replace diminishing fish stocks along the coats. Can technology help us understand this little known world before it's altered forever?

'The footage is exceptional and the subjects that formed the sub-themes are good choices. Mysteries of the Deep exhibited a good balance between applied, fishery-related topics such as the crash of the orange roughy fishery and the effects of bottom trawling on the deep corals habitat, and new basic research such as the feeding strategy of the barreleye fish, Macropinna microstoma, and the work on the Mariana Arc. Excellent.' Dr. Joseph Torres, Professor, Biological Oceanography, University of South Florida

'Very impressive! One Ocean is an exceptional series of videos focused on some of the most pressing problems threatening the health and future of the oceans...The geographic diversity of the areas covered, the superb quality and high definition videos, and the lucid explanations of the science provide a powerful and credible set of stories...These are moving and compelling stories of ocean researchers investigating the problems humans have created in the sea and explaining why our one ocean needs our help now.' Dr. Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, Author, Living with the Changing California Coast and Introduction to California Beaches and Coast

'There are a lot of DVDs available on topics relating to the ocean, but these are some of the best I have seen. I enjoyed the way in which information was conveyed and was pleased to learn things I had not seen in previous videos... I highly recommend this series to public, high-school, and college libraries.' Barbara Butler, University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Educational Media Reviews Online

'I have finally found a film series that thoroughly covers all of the current marine topics that I teach in the classroom which includes MPAs, marine ecosystems, sustainability, international coastal culture, climate change and the formation of ocean life. It is presented in a sense of urgency and at the same time provides essential background information peaking the viewer's interest with animations and interviews with seasoned marine scientists and beautiful cinematography! One Ocean should be an integral part of any environmental studies course.' Michelle Ashley, Environmental Science teacher, South Aiken High School

'Puts viewers in the passenger seat along-side scientists, fishermen and explorers on numerous ocean-going expeditions...Most impressive is the ample footage from deep-sea explorations--courtesy of research submersibles. These give us a window into alien worlds...Appropriate for audiences from grade school students to adults.' Timothy Oleson, EARTH Magazine

'Moving from one amazing creature to the next becomes the norm within [Mysteries of the Deep]...Similar to the other videos in this series, this one will not disappoint. Both pedagogically or for the pure curiosity and beauty of a world that most of us will never have direct exposure to, teachers and students will find much here to appreciate...A welcome addition to any library or class.' Marc Zucker, Assistant Professor, NSTA Recommends


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Main credits

Suzuki, David T. (narrator)
Swerhone, Elise (film director)
Lower, Robert (screenwriter)
Jensen-Carr, Merit (film producer)
Moore, Sandra (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Robert Lower; cinematography, Charles Konowal, CSC.

Distributor credits

Merit Jensen Carr, Sandra Moore

Merit Jensen Carr, Sandra Moore
Elise Swerhone
Executive Producer: Michael Allder
Series Producer: Caroline Underwood
Writer and Editor: Robert Lower
Director of Photography: Charles Konowal, CSC
Original Music: Shawn Pierce
Narrator: David Suzuki
A Merit Motion Pictures Production

Docuseek2 subjects

Oceans and Coasts
Marine Biology
Physical Geography

Distributor subjects

Climate Change/Global Warming
Earth Science
Global Issues
Marine Biology
Oceans and Coasts
Pacific Studies


deep seas, mapping ocean's depths, biologists, volcanologists, Marian Arc, Pacific Rim of Fire, industrial fisheries, diminishing fish stocks, Bill Chadwick, Boris Worm, Bruce Robison, Daniel Costa, Graham Hawkes, Malcolm Clark, Matthew Dunn, Verena Tunnicliffe,"Mysteries of the Deep",Bullfrog Films

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