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Oceans: Official Companion to the Disney Feature Film Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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Oceans is the official companion volume to the challenging, breathtakingly beautiful documentary of the same name, created by Jacques Perrin and a crack team of scientists, cinematographers, divers, and technical specialists. A veteran of more than forty years of film-making and exploring the natural world in works like The Monkey People and Microcosmos, Perrin is the public face of an elite group that includes both veterans of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s pioneering exploits and cutting-edge innovators whose custom-created equipment captures never-before-witnessed scenes.
From the tropics to Antarctica, from Norway to New Zealand, and from tiny organisms at the bottom of the marine food chain to such magnificent creatures as blue whales, polar bears, swordfish, and giant squid, this vividly illustrated, deeply informative volume roams the seven-tenths of Earth blanketed by oceans that make our blue planet so hospitable to life. To capture the images here, divers swam unprotected among great white sharks and patiently staked out the breeding grounds where families of humpback whales sing their distinctive songs. Resourceful crew members created everything from streamlined camera pods able to keep pace with frolicking dolphins to a remote-controlled, mini-helicopter which hovered over a pod of whales to obtain footage impossible otherwise. Photographers invented a microscopic lens that revealed and recorded new universes of plankton, algae, coral, and tiny fish eggs--the minute building blocks that nourish this entire intricate, interdependent ecosystem.
Not just an authoritative, wide-ranging guide to the world’s oceans, this is also a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of practical film-making under demanding, often difficult, sometimes downright dangerous conditions... and, last but by no means least, it’s a clear-eyed, timely, persuasive preview of future seas: what we might have if we act now--and what we will surely get if we don’t.
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This is the National Geographic official companion book to the DisneyNature motion picture Oceans, to be released this Earth Day, April 22nd. The people behind the project include cinematographers, divers and scientists who also created the excellent films Microcosmos and Winged Migration.
The bulk of the book spotlights different marine creatures, from tiny plankton to massive sperm whales. Each section begins with a world map showing where the animal is found. An "ID Card" lists the animal's Latin name, maximum size and weight, life span, age at sexual maturity and reproduction details. The text covers lots of specific information about the species, and is written as a story about how the filmmakers found and photographed it. A land log or diving log shows the date, time, place, latitude, longitude, water conditions, tide, air temperature, water temperature, wind, current, moon phase and cloud cover. Diving logs also list what kind of wet suit the divers used, duration and maximum depth of the dive and visibility.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about everything that is related to the ocean. It is full of fascinating stories of real life encounters and a lot of factual information without being too boring. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants to educate themselves on what needs to be done to protect the waters that surround us. It is very important that people change the ways they have been living in order for us to make the ocean a better place. Deciding to read this book would be a great way to start to make that change!
I recommend this to all nature and ocean lovers. If you were inspired by the movie you will love this book! It's my favorite coffee table book, easy to flip though and relax to large, full color photos of underwater life.
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Big, colorful and full of useful and interesting information, you can't really ask for more!Published 21 months ago by MissT1980
My granddaughter loves fish she loved the book!! So in between watching Finding Nemo we will look through the bookPublished on January 1, 2013 by dj
I found this book in a book store, but the condition was not good. I ordered it thru Amazon (THINKING) they would send me a new product. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by LML
There are almost 100 commercials that the viewer has to endure before finally being presented with the opportunity to see the feature. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Hairy Nose Wombat
This book is beautiful and amazing!! Outstanding photos and I love reading how the movie was made!!Published on August 14, 2010 by Erica Duran
Saw the film and just had to have the book. Amazing photography!! It has things that are seldom seen, let alone photographed.Published on June 13, 2010 by M. Anderson