In recent years, outreach and communication of polar sciences have been acknowledged as priorities for the Antarctic scientific community. One of the basic need to improve the effectiveness of knowledge transfer and dissemination is the availability of educational products being at the same time engaging and scientifically rigorous. The documentary movie “Life in a Frozec Ocean” (Director R. Palozzi, Erebus Production, Italy, 2014, 27 min) is the core of the educational project “Communicate the polar science. Fishes of Antarctica” (Italian National Programme for Antarctic Research, PNRA), aiming at bringing cutting-edge science to large public, students, teachers and society, and to help heighten public awareness of the importance of polar ecosystems and polar research. The plot revolves around the Antarctic fish that are subjects and players, leading the spectator to the exploration of the challenging environment that they dominate, the Antarctic marine coastal waters. In the video, marine biologists are followed in their sampling through the sea-ice cover in Terra Nova Bay and divers disclose to the viewer an extraordinary underwater scenario. Several fish species, living in coastal waters of the Ross Sea, are shown in their habitat for the first time. Particular focus is given to the Antarctic silverfish whose nursery area has been included in the recently established ASPA n° 173 (Cape Washington & Silverfish Bay). In this documentary, some of the amazing adaptations and peculiar biological features of the Antarctic fish are expressed simply. In addition, fish are the starting point to shine light on the complex ecological interactions characterizing the Antarctic marine ecosystems, and on the potential implications of climate changes on the marine living communities.

Life in a Frozen Ocean. Vita in un mare di ghiaccio.

PISANO, EVA;VACCHI, MARINO;GHIGLIOTTI, LAURA
2014

Abstract

In recent years, outreach and communication of polar sciences have been acknowledged as priorities for the Antarctic scientific community. One of the basic need to improve the effectiveness of knowledge transfer and dissemination is the availability of educational products being at the same time engaging and scientifically rigorous. The documentary movie “Life in a Frozec Ocean” (Director R. Palozzi, Erebus Production, Italy, 2014, 27 min) is the core of the educational project “Communicate the polar science. Fishes of Antarctica” (Italian National Programme for Antarctic Research, PNRA), aiming at bringing cutting-edge science to large public, students, teachers and society, and to help heighten public awareness of the importance of polar ecosystems and polar research. The plot revolves around the Antarctic fish that are subjects and players, leading the spectator to the exploration of the challenging environment that they dominate, the Antarctic marine coastal waters. In the video, marine biologists are followed in their sampling through the sea-ice cover in Terra Nova Bay and divers disclose to the viewer an extraordinary underwater scenario. Several fish species, living in coastal waters of the Ross Sea, are shown in their habitat for the first time. Particular focus is given to the Antarctic silverfish whose nursery area has been included in the recently established ASPA n° 173 (Cape Washington & Silverfish Bay). In this documentary, some of the amazing adaptations and peculiar biological features of the Antarctic fish are expressed simply. In addition, fish are the starting point to shine light on the complex ecological interactions characterizing the Antarctic marine ecosystems, and on the potential implications of climate changes on the marine living communities.
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