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Ocean films to educate and inspire

My Octopus Teacher

This Oscar-winning doco follows filmmaker Craig Foster as he dives in the cold, Atlantic shores near Cape Town, South Africa, where he observes and forms a bond with a young octopus. This beautiful documentary highlights the daily life of the octopus, exploring how she sleeps, lives, eats and teaches us the valuable lesson on how precious life is and our connection with nature. It’s a must watch, but fair warning: tears may be shed!

Available on: Netflix


River Blue

River Blue follows river conservationist Mark Angelo as he explores the world’s rivers, from the most breathtaking to uninhabitable. This documentary uncovers how our clothes are made, how it plays a role in the destruction of our rivers globally and solutions that can help us make a difference.

Available on: Vimeo


Mission Blue

Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth’s oceans.

Available on: Netflix


Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral is a 2017 documentary film about a team of divers, scientists and photographers around the world who document the disappearance of coral reefs.

Available on: Netflix


A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

Available on: Netflix


The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.

Available on: DiscoveryGo. Can be rented on Amazon, Apple TV and Xfinity. Or look for community screenings here.


The Last Ocean

The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life – whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence. But an international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean sea bass in up-market restaurants around the world. The catch is so lucrative it is known as white gold. Ecologist David Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever.

Available on the Last Ocean website.


Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. Featuring Dave Rastovich, Kimi Werner, Matahi Drollet and more.

Available for free on YouTube.