SINK IN SOCIALITES!
By now you've heard of the Cape Cod lobsterman who was swallowed up & spit out seconds later by a humpback whale. He stated after his recovery "I want to apologize to the whale"... as Zissou would say "The deeper you go - the weirder life gets"! All red caps aside, let's continue deep diving into aquatic life with a stunning new film AMA'ARA The Song Of The Whales & film director Sebastian Jobst. If you loved "My Octopus Teacher", this true story of Marina Trost and her gift of song, is as profoundly moving. We also discovered a seaweed gin from Wales, a Moonhole Mansion built into an enormous rock arch on Bequia island, plus take an underwater winery tour in a sunken ship on the bottom off the coast of Croatia...
SCENE + SEEN
Seaweed Gin from Wales
Welsh Dà Mhìle seaweed gin is a unique organic spirit created in Ceredigion, West Wales. The seaweed is hand-foraged from the Celtic coast and left to infuse in the gin for three weeks. It's a smooth, aromatic gin with just a hint of sea salt from Dà Mhìle Distillery
Ocean Inspired Cocktail
by Dà Mhìle Distillery
ECHINUS MELO (melon sea urchin)
25ml Dà Mhìle Seaweed gin
75ml Melon juice (blitzed melon)
25ml Cucumber water and cucumber garnish
Pour 25ml of the extracted cucumber water into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Add a shot of Dà Mhìle seaweed gin, Dà Mhìle cucumber vodka, and a large measure of melon juice before stirring for 10 seconds. Finish with a thin slice of cucumber and curl of cucumber peel to garnish... iechyd da!
Bequia Island in the Grenadines
There are no roads, only stone paths and water is collected from the clouds. Moonhole relies on the sun & wind for power and on the trade winds for cooling. As members of SVG National Trust, they're seeking to declare the surrounding Moonhole waters a marine sanctuary. The view from every window surround with sounds of the sea surge in the bight on the Caribbean side and the waves lapping on the beach on the Atlantic side. Frigate birds sail every morning and afternoon with the inflatable red pouch mark on the throats of male species. Seine boats & dive boats anchor overlooking the enormous Moonhole rock arch to coral reefs of the Lower Bight and the many islands of the Grenadines to the south. Moonhole is adorned with sculptures and handmade furniture made out of whalebones with a private sandy beach only steps below, for snorkeling and diving. Moonhole is dedicated to conserving the unique architecture, flora, fauna and aquatic life found on the western tip of Bequia island and is available for rent.
photo government of Âland
Baltic Sea, Finland
Local diver, Christian Ekstrom discovered a unique treasure when he explored a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea - he brought a corked bottle to the surface to "...to taste some sea water” he said with a laugh, “So I tasted it straight from the bottle. It was then that I noticed, This is not sea water.” The 75-foot wreck, in 160 feet of water, contained other cargo as well but the divers found a cargo that numbered 172 bottles of Champagne - only 4 were broken, and 168 others were intact. The bottles were hoisted to dry land and stored in Mariehamn, Finland. The Baltic Sea floor proved an ideal wine cellar, with 40 degree temperatures, total darkness and enough pressure to keep the corks in. The Champagne was likely en route to Czar Alexander II in St. Petersburg when the vessel sank. Though the exact age of the Champagne is not confirmed, it stands against tough competition in the oldest Champagne category. The first 3 bottles to be recorked were Juglar, but on the bottom of the 4th cork were the star & anchor of Veuve Clicquot. The star, representing a comet that crossed the skies of Champagne in 1811 and caused fabulous vintages.
EDIVO VINA WINERY
Underwater Winery in Croatia
There is a rise of underwater wineries today, after the shipwreck discovery of bottles - still in top shape, back in 2010. Oenophiles can now LITERALLY dive into the Edivo Viva Winery located underwater off the coast of Drače village in Croatia on the Pelješac Peninsula, where wines are stored in tightly-corked clay amphorae and aged 1-2 years in a sunken-boat-underwater cellar. According to the owners, the ocean's naturally cool temperature and complete silence vastly improves wine quality. They knew that they had something special and called this wine Navis Mysterium (The Sea Mystery). For adventurous wine lovers, Edivo Vina offers a unique diving experience to their underwater cellar where a limited number of Navis Mysterium bottles & amphorae are kept at the depth of 14 meters in a shipwreck off the coast of Drače to be able to enjoy first-hand the undersea treasure.
AMA'ARA The Song Of The Whales
In 2018 a small film team set off together with Marina Trost to realize a very special film project with a goal to give whales and dolphins a voice. This heart project took them from the Bosnian Pyramids, via Hawaii to the Kingdom of Tonga. On August 11th, 2019 after shooting had been completed - Marina did not return from a dive off the coast of Euas (Tongatapu archipelago, Kingdom of Tonga) She has been considered missing since... This is Marina's story.
Interview with Film Director of AMA'ARA
IS IT TRUE THAT MARINA HAD NO EXPERIENCE WITH DIVING AND WAS NEW TO WATER PRIOR TO THE FILMING?
Sebastian - that's absolutely correct, not that she couldn't swim but she was a very bad swimmer. So while we were filming she had to practice swimming and then she learned to dive in Thailand just a few weeks before we went to Tonga. She was never really comfortable in the water but she wanted to be near the whales & with the whales on a physical level - so she had to overcome this during filming.
WE WERE PROFOUNDLY MOVED BY THE PURE BEAUTY OF THIS FILM - FROM MARINA'S INNER SELF, THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE AUTHENTICALLY TO YOUR AESTHETIC AWARENESS IN WEAVING THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AND THE FULL EXPANSE OF THE OCEAN... I AM SURE YOU WITNESSED MANY MIRACLES DURING THIS JOURNEY - IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR MOMENT THAT STANDS OUT AS THE MOST MAGICAL?
Sebastian - There were many magical experiences. The most amazing moments were when I was swimming with the whales - it was after about 2 1/2 hours of shooting as the director and I just had to go into the water. A female whale came up from below to me, she spread out her fins and I spread my arms and we floated together for awhile You can stay in the distance but the whales come to you and they really connect with you. It was interesting when you are filming them - they know. They look into the camera and into your eyes and you feel that. It can be frightening at first, when the whales come closer and there's nothing to hold on to. But losing Marina was the most frightening...it was incredibly hard. I didn't know what to do.
THE FAIRYTALE STYLE NARRATION OF THE FILM IS A COMPELLING CONTRAST TO MARINA NOT SPEAKING TO THE CAMERA, THOUGH SHE WAS ABLE TO EXPRESS VOLUMES WITHOUT ANY WORDS. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION OF THIS?
Sebastian - It was a decision we made together prior to the filming. For me, I felt it was more powerful when she only sings, her singing is so deep and touching and all the words would make it smaller. You can talk about music and you can talk about whales but it was really about feeling them and feeling her presence.
MARINA REACHED HER INNER & OUTER LIMITS - WHERE SHE FELT SHE HAD FAILED AND THEN SHE HAD A COMMUNICATION WITH A DOG. AFTER THAT, THE SONG HAPPENED. WAS SHE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH MANY OTHER ANIMALS?
Sebastian - Yes! She had a strong connection on an energetic level. I don't know how she connected but she was very drawn to animals. We talked a lot about being connected to everything and with nature. It was very important for her.
DID MARINA EVER COMMUNICATE TO YOU - THAT SHE KNEW WHAT HER FUTURE WAS TO BE?
Sebastian - I don't think on a human level she knew that, but her dream was to be in a very strong energy field of consciousness...
I never told this before but on the last day we had a meditation and I had a powerful image of a birth - like a white whale birthing into the material world. That night she woke up really scared because she thought something happened to one of us - there was something there, but we didn't expect that. She had so many plans and so many things to come - I can't think of, that she had that kind of feeling.
WHERE WILL YOUR FILM BE SHOWING NEXT?
Sebastian - we will continue showing at film festivals and we are in contact with a distribution company in Germany and hope to get it out this year.
Thank you Sebastian!!!
photo from Migaloo.org.au
Australia's Famous Albino Whale
Named by the Queensland Australian Aboriginal word to describe a "White Fella" - MIGALOO is a world famous albino humpback whale that has been spotted again off the coast of Australia. He's believed to be at least 26 years old & is a classified hypo-pigmented humpback. Sightings of MIGALOO have provided valuable insight to the migratory behavior of humpback whales. He has continuously been sighted many times migrating with the same male humpback whale known as Milo -showing that humpback males do travel together as companions.
DIVE / Captain Nemo
Academy Award winning Director
to direct 1st Animated Korean-language
DEEP SEA ADVENTURE MOVIE coming in 2025-2026
An animated fantasy film inspired by 'The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of The Abyss'. This full CGI animation will deal with the drama that arises between deep sea creatures and human beings.
Throwback 1986 - we had to add Spock's whale scene from Star Trek 4
"Live long and prosper"
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