Chasing Coral is an extraordinary movie about the health of the world’s coral reefs.
I’ve been a swimmer all my life, but it wasn’t until our first bareboat charter that I tried snorkeling. I fell in love with this new world I discovered beneath the surface. Snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities were a major part of the attraction of cruising, even.
At various times through the years, I’ve read about coral dying off in various locations. But I didn’t fully understand the magnitude of the problem — over 50% lost in the past 30 years — or fully understand the reasons why. Until I watched Chasing Coral. The good news of the movie: while the situation is dire, it’s not too late. There are things we can all do to help save the coral.
I have to say, it was an emotional night. I saw it at the “world premiere” (held in numerous cities) at the Marathon Community Park in the Florida Keys. The third largest barrier reef in the world (behind Australia’s Great Barrier reef and the reef in Belize) lies only three miles offshore. Everyone in the audience held the reefs in a special place.
Chasing Coral is available only on Netflix, although there are a number of community screenings also (check here).
I hope you’ll make the effort to see it. I know it had a big impact on me. Here’s the trailer: