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Sperm Whale (Ocean Pollution)


We as underwater filmmakers will always try to show the beauty of our oceans and the wonderful creatures that call it home but it is also our duty to show you the less pleasant side of it. By reporting and documenting the problems that marine wildlife faces we create awareness because millions of people are still oblivious to the threats that endanger the very existence of these magnificent animals.

Subject: While filming a pod of Sperm Whales we came across an individual playing with a discarded synthetic raffia bag. Sperm Whales are active hunters. Their main food source is squid that is caught at great depths. Although the ditched packaging was drifting near the surface and doesn’t resemble their food source it remains a potential deadly threat to the whale. THE YELLOW BAG WAS REMOVED FROM THE OCEAN by our skipper when we surfaced from the dive.

Technique: Filming at or near the surface is not always easy; choppy waves make it difficult to make steady shots and the light creates constant flashes, which results in complications regarding camera settings. The yellow bag was very light and reflected a lot of sunlight but the whale was of a very dark grey. In this case we chose to get the blue of the water as natural as possible and corrected wherever possible the colours and contrast of the whale and the bag in post-production.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.