Wild Ocean: Where Africa Meets the
Africa's Wild Coast WILD
OCEAN is an explosive, symphonic giant screen film
about man and nature that captures one of the world's
greatest spectacles. Each year a massive feeding
frenzy takes place in the oceans of South Africa as billions of fish
migrate up the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast. Breaching whales, frenzied
sharks, herding dolphins, and diving gannets compete in an epic underwater
struggle for survival.
the migration has provided a food source for both life in the
sea and the people living along the African shores, global warming
trends and over fishing have threatened the very existence of
this great migration. The food chain in the ocean connects the
tiniest organisms to the greatest whales. The predators of the
ocean thrive upon enormous shoals of pelagic fish. These fish,
in turn, depend upon the plankton
that rises in the oceanic upwelling's, born of the decaying bodies
of the fallen predators. This circle of life has developed and
evolved over millions of years.
the last few hundred years, however, there has been another predator
in the ocean: one that takes enormous shoals in one sweep, and
does not give back to the sea in any way ... this predator has
broken the circle ... it is a predator that mistakenly considered
the ocean an unlimited resource.
since the early 20th century, as fishing has become more efficient
and grown in scale, entire fish stocks have collapsed … one by one. Some say the fish have disappeared
due to natural cycles, others say climate change is taking its toll,
dramatically changing the ocean's ecology. But there is little doubt
that over fishing has damaged the ecosystem.
there is a place on earth where man attempts to fit into the
food chain, pursuing "sustainable" fishing
practices in an attempt to preserve one of the
most incredible migrations and feeding frenzies on the planet. In
South Africa, business, government and the local people have joined
forces in an attempt to protect this great and invaluable migration.
This is where Africa meets the Sea.