If you care about the reefs, if you love to snorkel and dive, or if you just care about our planet, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.

Chasing Coral

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:

If you care about the reefs, if you love to snorkel and dive, or if you just care about our planet, you owe it to yoruself to see this movie.

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10 Comments
  • The Boat Galley
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    The McMermaids — thanks for telling me about this

  • Patti Holma
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    Good but disturbing

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

      Yes. Let it inspire you to take action — and get others to watch it, too. I think a huge part of the problem is that while individual bleaching events may be publicized, there is not a lot said about the extent of the problem or the real, underlying causes. I mean, I’m “into” reefs and I didn’t know.🏝️🐠

    • Patti Holma
      Posted at 03 August 2017 Reply

      The Boat Galley yes I agree. I’ve asked others to view this documentary.

  • Wendy Mackey Evans
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    We watched this the other night. It brought tears to our eyes, so sad.

  • Angie M
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    Eye opening. I had seen photos of the living and dead corals before. But the time lapse video was stunning., in a bad way. I could see the passion in all involved. What got to me was the stunned scientists at the Coral Reef Symposium. Shaking head and tears. Everyone must see this film. Tell your friends. Watch this together with them.

  • Kevin Hoch
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    My 15yo son, after watching it said if the trees of Sierra Nevada Mtns were dying at the same rate, we all would see it, and it would trigger outrage and action. Under the sea and we ignore and allow those who gain politically and financially from espousing the views of 3% of the worlds scientists to bog down actual change. Sad!

  • Alec
    Posted at 02 August 2017 Reply

    It’s a beautiful documentary, I strongly recommend it as well.

  • Kristin Ramsey Roth
    Posted at 03 August 2017 Reply

    Just saw it at the Traverse City Film festival. It is very eye opening. A must see!

  • William Finter
    Posted at 03 August 2017 Reply

    this is a must see movie

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