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Marine PhotoBank Bulletin March, 2012

Interview with Bob Talbot

An Interview with Award-winning Photographer and Cinematographer, Bob Talbot

Bob Talbot

©2006 Bob Talbot

"When you are out there every day, or even just a few days, of your life, you can't help but want to wrap your arms around the whole world and say, 'you have to see this.'

"It's what our planet is; we are an ocean planet."
— Bob Talbot

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SeaWeb teamed up with award-winning marine filmmaker Bob Talbot, a man known for his iconic lithographs of whales and dolphins, as well as his footage for Hollywood blockbusters like Free Willy and numerous IMAX films, to create a Super Bowl spot that’s as shocking as it is stunning. By opening with Talbot’s typically gorgeous cinematography--dazzling dolphins, swaying fan corals, pulsing jellyfish and a magnificent great white shark–before dramatically cutting to black for the final five seconds of the 30 second spot, SeaWeb forces viewers to imagine a life without the ocean. Watch the video >>

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Plastic pollution beach survey. Credit: Kathleen Reaugh/Marine Photobank
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Most Popular Images & New Photobank Images

Bigeye Travally Spawning, Credit: Octavio Aburto-Oropeza/Marine Photobank
Octavio Aburto-Oropeza/Marine Photobank

Most Popular Images by Unique Downloads*

1. Bigeye Trevally Spawning, Mexico >>
2. Sperm Whale Rescue 4 >>
3. Green Turtle Feeds on Sea Grass >>
4. Sea Turtles Caught, Discarded Net >>
5. Plastic Bag in Ocean, Belize >>

New Additions to the Image Collection!

Check out some recent additions the the Marine Photobank image collection. If you have subscribed for the MPB bulletin through SeaWeb, you may not yet be a MPB member. When prompted, login to the Marine Photobank using the login info you used to sign up for SeaWeb's newsletters and then choose your desired membership status. Once we have reviewed and approved your membership, you will receive an acceptance email and you will then be able to access the photo galleries.

Plastic bag in ocean. Credit: Patrick Kelley/Marine Photobank

At first glance you may think you're looking at a swimming nudibranch. Photographer Patrick Kelley, new Marine Photobank contributor, captured this haunting image of a plastic bag suspended in the ocean. We look forward to seeing more of Kelley's work soon.


Rikke Færøvik Johannessen recently contributed a collection of images illustrating the shark fin trade in Ecuador. Sharks caught as bycatch in Ecuador can be legally finned. See more >>

Sharks finned in Ecuador. Credit: Rikke Færøvik Johannessen/Marine Photobank

Healthy Coral Reef 1995. Credit: John Brooks, National Parks Service/Marine Photobank
Buck Island Coral, USVI 1995

Dying Coral USVI 2011. Credit: David Arnold, doublexposure.net/Marine Photobank
Buck Island Coral, USVI 2011

We recently recieved some troubling before & after shots of coral reefs near the U.S. Virgin Islands (left) and Falmouth, Jamaica from Dave Arnold ('before' images by John Brooks & James Porter). Coastal development, acidification, bleaching, overfishing and pollution make for a volitile environment. These compositions tell an incredibly important story.

We highly encourage you to share any historic images that you may have, whether they illustrate the story of coral degradation, reduced catch sizes in fisheries, the aftermath of natural disasters, or simply a once-abundant ocean ecosystem now struggling to support life. Help us shed light on our changing seas.

Captured during a research project for the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program, Celeste Leroux's recent contributions illustrate the life stages of the blue king crab. Here a pencil provides perspective on the size of blue king crab larvae. See more >> Blue king crab larvae. Credit: Celeste Leroux/Marine Photobank


*based on statistics gathered from January 1 - March 15, 2012

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Parting Shot - Tribute to Mike deGruy

Mike deGruy, Credit: TED/James Duncan Davidson courtesy mission-blue.org
Credit: TED/James Duncan Davidson courtesy mission-blue.org

One of the great ocean cinematographers, Mike deGruy, was killed in a helicopter crash February 4, along with Australian television writer-producer, Andrew Wight. The accident occurred in eastern Australia where the two were setting off to film an ambitious 3-D submarine series by director James Cameron. DeGruy was 60 years old and had spent at least half of his life dedicated to a career in natural history and underwater programming.

Mike deGruy was a very well respected ocean filmmaker who had won multiple Emmys and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards for cinematography. DeGruy’s latest project was in collaboration with National Geographic although he had photographed for many organizations, including BBC and PBS. He also acted as director of undersea photography for “Last Mysteries of the Titanic” by James Cameron. After marrying his wife Mimi Armstrong they began to produce natural history films for Mike’s company, the Film Crew, Inc. In deGruy’s later years, while still making films, he became a speaker, MC, and interviewer for a number of different audiences.

Hundreds of people gathered in Santa Barbara, deGruy’s hometown, to pay tribute to a man who had done so much for the ocean community. He was described as an adventurous, enthusiastic, and joyous person who lived life to the fullest. James Cameron commented at the event that deGruy may have been the best underwater cameraman in the business. His legacy will continue to live on through the films he has made and the passion he has instilled upon people to protect the beautiful world that we live in.


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