Seaweek 2015: Look Beneath the Surface

The University of Otago Centre for Science Communication and Otago Museum present five student documentaries showcasing science, conservation and love of the sea. Kendall Gadomski and Kate Sparks, international PhD candidates at the University's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, will introduce the films. 

All films are approximately 25 minutes long. Free popcorn. 

Gold coin donations to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust gratefully accepted.

Longfin – Lindsey Davidson and Melissa Salpietra 

This film shines a spotlight on the little-known life of the endemic and intriguing New Zealand freshwater eel. From its beginnings in the dark corners of the ocean to its transition into the river, Longfin follows the eel's journey through a changing land as it encounters dangers its ancestors never faced.

Mad Mac and the Ugly Flat Landsnail – Bill Morris and Kate Bradbury 

Don McIntosh, aka Mad Mac, has always been an adventurer. As a paua diver, he is determined that these flat ugly snails will still be around for his children to harvest.

Secrets of the Sevengills – Michael Mauntler 

Sevengill sharks inhabit Otago Harbour at the heart of Dunedin. Surprisingly little is known about these large, predatory sharks.  The slow pacing of the film allows audiences to revel in the efforts of scientists and the community to better understand the lives and unique behaviours of these fascinating animals.

Albatrocity – Iain Frengley and Edward Saltau 

New Zealand filmmakers Iain Frengley and Edward Saltau trace the story of the albatross, immersing the viewer in the beauty, majesty and vulnerability of these birds as viewed through the dramatic prism of Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Using innovative visual effects and remarkable oceanic and onshore footage, the film distils a vast collection of natural history, harsh reality and folklore into a well-paced viewing experience.

Becoming Giants: Seaweed, Scientists and Survival – Kyle Swann

Giant kelp, the ocean's largest plant, exist along the coasts of New Zealand’s South Island. Vast forests of these giants go unseen by many, but for Matt and Tiff – two grad students aiming to become the next generation of marine scientists – diving in the kelp is just another day in the office. To reach their goal they must discover how this giant seaweed survives, but in their quest to uncover the kelp’s strategies, their own survival will be tested.


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Free, 5.30pm, Friday 6 March, Hutton Theatre

Discovery World Science Show

Insects have been on Earth for millions of years and survived major global extinctions. Discover the past, present and future of bugs as you unearth their amazing abilities and find out what makes them essential for life on our planet.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
11.30am and 3pm, every day from Saturday 20 December to Sunday 8 February
Discovery World Theatre

New this year, celebrate the natural world by capturing a video of wildlife in action. Take unique shots of animals or plants, highlight environmental issues or the spirit of conservation and enter your best still or moving images in the Otago Wildlife Photography Competition to be in to win great prizes from Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse.

Developed in partnership with Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse. 

Competition open 30 March–11 May to all amateur photographers and videographers resident in Otago.