Beneath the Waves Film Festival Highlights Kids and Marine Science

September 23, 2015

Beneath the Waves presentation

Have you ever wondered how far a Giant Pacific Octopus travels? How oysters will be affected by ocean acidification? What about whether peppermint shrimp prefer socializing or being in ideal habitat? These are just some of the topics we explored during our Beneath the Waves film festival, held at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Friday, September 18.

The evening featured eight films curated by the nonprofit organization Beneath the Waves, whose mission is to raise awareness regarding critical marine issues, foster the advancement of science, and promote the protection of our oceans.

Three of the eight films were made by students from the Beneath the Waves’ Youth Making Ripples collection and brought attention to how students are engaged in marine research and conservation efforts. You can view these at the links below:

Highlights from the remaining films included an overview on the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whale and how oysters are being negatively impacted by ocean acidification. Links to those films are below:

Each of the films was presented by a guest panelist. Our panelists were Jan Newton, biological oceanographer and ocean acidification expert; Marisa Nixon, former Salish marine scientist and graduate student in marine affairs at the University of Washington; Cassidy Farrell, Salish program alumna and staff member; and Rowan Drury, a middle school student and past participant in both Salish Summer Camp and the Sound Program for individual students.

Special thanks to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for hosting the event and providing delicious food and drinks prior to the film festival at the BIMA Bistro. Check our event listings to stay up to date with the latest happenings in the Salish community – we hope to see you there!

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