It seems everyone has Netflix these days, but it is easy to get lost sifting through the enormous amount of titles so here are some ocean related titles (mostly from the documentary section). This list will be updated periodically as new shows are added to Netflix and shows currently on Netflix are discovered. Please add your favourites to the comment section on this page.
- End Of The Line – Documentary. Very well done, if somewhat depressing. It is a look at the state of the world’s fisheries, if you haven’t seen it already it is worth a watch. But some of the statistics are bafflingly disheartening.. It does try to lighten things up a little at the end with suggestions on how to be a part of the solution.
- David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials – Series. An 8 episode series hosted by the man himself. Episode 5 is the only ocean themed one (Humpback Whales), but odds are you will enjoy the other 7 episodes as well!
- BBC Blue Planet – Documentary. A classic BBC production. Odds are if you are a club member you are familiar with the series narrated by David Attenborough, but you may not have known that the whole series was available on Netflix
- Turtle: The Incredible Journey – Documentary (sort of). A bit anthropomorphised but somewhat entertaining tale of a loggerhead turtlle’s life cycle.
U.S. Netflix (the following titles are only available on American netflix, or by using an “unblocker” to access the american content)
- Shark Week – Series The Discovery Channel’s famous Shark Week is online as a series. (6 series with 10 or so ‘episodes’ each). Personally found most of them a little over the top and sensationalised but there are some gems. [Not to be confused with the feature film of the same name, which does not likely contain any real or valuable information about sharks..]
- Shark Superhighway – Documentary. National Geographic special on Hammerhead sharks and migration routes between islands in the Pacific. I found the most interesting part to be information on how research and tagging is done with sharks, and how different the methods are for different species.
- Wild Ocean: Imax – Documentary. I haven’t watched this one but here’s the synopsis: “A stunning look at the underwater sardine migration off the coast of South Africa, this nature documentary dissects the amazing phenomenon’s impact on local economies and culture while showcasing whales, sharks and other spectacular sea creatures.”
- Search for the Great Sharks: Imax – Documentary. Also haven’t watched this one yet, and it is from 1999 so not as current as some of the other options but may be worth checking out regardless. “Journey around the world on an expedition to discover some of the planet’s most majestic and notorious creatures — sharks. From the coast of California to the beaches of Australia, this IMAX documentary offers an up-close view of the undisputed kings of the deep, including the blue shark, the whale shark and the most-feared shark of them all — the great white. This film reveals these oft-misunderstood animals to be frighteningly beautiful.”
- The Island President – Documentary. Haven’t watched, sounds intriguing : “This documentary chronicles the extraordinary efforts of Mohamed Nasheed, during his term as president of the Maldive Islands, to fight global warming and prevent rising ocean levels from deluging his low-lying archipelago nation right off the map.“
- Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide – Documentary (?). “Through dolphin lore, 3-D animation and spectacular cinematography, this comprehensive program explores dolphins’ complex social relationships, their amazing acrobatic skills, and the many members of their far-flung family.“