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An Interview with WiseOceans… Tom Burd from Manta Trust

An Interview with WiseOceans… Tom Burd from Manta Trust A passion and skill for underwater photography and manta and mobula rays has enabled Tom to land a dream job in the Indian Ocean working with manta rays and “nothing beats being amongst groups of feeding mantas as they dance around you.” Tom suggests once you’ve found the creature which […]

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Ocean Film Festival UK: September-October 2015


Ocean Film Festival UK

Across the UK, 2nd September-10th October

“Bringing you the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.”

The Ocean Film Festival showcases the world’s most amazing ocean films above and below the water’s surface – letting you immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet!

Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival takes you on a journey across the globe showcasing the huge waves of Australia, diving with sharks off the coast of Africa and heading north to the far reaches of the Arctic Circle.

Highlights include:


South African born Bruno spent the majority of his life in or on the water. However in 1998 a tragic event left him a paraplegic. In an instant he plunged from carefree surf guide, sailor, scuba diver and traveller to the depths of despair.

A chance wave and the restorative powers of the ocean showed Bruno a new path in life, one that would be rich, full, diverse and salty. Devocean is an inspirational story of life’s lessons as taught by the sea.


Oceanminded follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of the ocean’s most feared predator – the shark. The often feared creatures are portrayed in a very different light, one of beauty and respect. It´s an adventure full of risks and passions – on one breath!

A Small Surfer

Known as the Flying Squirrel, Quincy Symonds may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. The Queenslander only started surfing about 18 months ago and, in a very short time, has captured the attention of the surfing world, gained multiple sponsors and garnered a fanatical following on social media. Prepare to be gobsmacked!

For more information, film listing, locations and tickets go to:


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World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day is a UN-designated official day to celebrate the oceans, their importance in our lives and how we can protect them. Of course it is one of our favourite days of the year! Celebrations for World Oceans Day with WiseOceans and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles began long before the official date, 8th June. […]

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Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

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Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit


Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Florida


Every two years ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives – and the general public– gather in Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg, FL at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, and to collaborate on improving the future of our oceans and humanity. The seven-day event is charged with energy as these diverse groups of people share knowledge and ideas with each other and with the general public.

The four elements that make up BLUE come together to create a truly unique event that:

  • Honours the world’s best ocean films through the best-in-class film competition.
  • Promotes the critical dialog between filmmakers and scientists, to inspire great films.
  • Connects ocean filmmakers with the latest technology, financing and distribution resources.
  • Engages & Empowers public audiences — in Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, FL and around the globe — by Sharing the World’s Greatest Collection of Ocean Films.

See website for more information: http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/

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Birmingham Dive Show 2014

dive2014_image_160px_with_dates_rgbComing to the NEC, Birmingham on 25/26 October, the next big date for your diary is DIVE 2014.

The Birmingham Dive Show has taken place every year since 1991 and if you’ve been to one before, you’ll know that everything under the sun (and the sea) can be found there. Compare or buy all that “essential” kit you’ve been hankering after; plan or book dive trips; or meet some of sport diving’s biggest names.

Check out the website regularly for all the latest news!

Saturday 25th October 2014 – 9:30am-6:00pm
Sunday 26th October 2014 – 9:30am-5:00pm

Make sure you visit the Manta Trust stand (#732)!


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Freeze Frame: Doug Allen Talk & book-signing

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Freeze Frame: A wildlife cameraman’s adventures on ice. Join us at the Ocean Explorer Centre to hear inspirational stories and remarkable adventures from Doug Allan, internationally renowned wildlife filmmaker (Frozen Planet, Planet Earth)

Doug Allan is an internationally renowned wildlife filmmaker, specialising in capturing spectacular footage of animals in the Arctic & Antarctic. His camerawork has won numerous BAFTA’s & EMMY’s and he has worked on some of the most ground-breaking wildlife TV series of our times – Ocean Giants, Blue Planet, Frozen Planet & Planet Earth to name but a few.

Join us at the Ocean Explorer Centre (SAMS) as we welcome Doug for an evening or afternoon of inspirational stories, remarkable adventures and of course, some of his breath-taking images and photographs. Doug will share his remarkable insight and deep understanding of some of our most charismatic polar animal. There will be an opportunity to meet Doug and ask questions. There will also be an opportunity to have a copy of his book ‘Freeze Frame: A wildlife cameraman’s adventures of ice’ signed during the event.

Tickets: Adult £12 Child £6 Available from SAMS Online Shop (see weblink below)

 Doug Allan lecture

– See more at: http://www.sams.ac.uk/doug-allan-lecture#sthash.LiLijozl.dpuf


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Doug Allan – Desert Island Discs

Doug Allan (Wildlife and expedition documentary cameraman, topside and underwater, specialising cold, high and remote places) will be on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 20 July 1115am, and repeated on Friday 25 July at 9am

Should be a great listen

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