Chasing Coral: The Netflix documentary you can't miss

Chasing Coral: The Netflix documentary you can't miss


By María Álvarez Pérez, Sustainability Editor, Mona


We all dream of having the opportunity to dive or surf in the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Its white sand beaches, mangrove swamps, multiple colors corals and crystal clear Waters…but, what if all this were in danger?


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Last summer Netflix released "Chasing Coral" a new Documentary about the impacts of global warming on this ecosystem that threatens to disappear. The documentary has been awarded dozens of times and with a good reason: in addition to its impressive images, Chasing Coral really manages to make us reflect on the terrible consequences that our lack of environmental responsibility has.


"I’ve always been drawn to the magic of the ocean. It feels like time slows down. Most people stare up into space with wonder, yet we have this almost-alien world on our own planet just teeming with life. But it’s a world most people never explore”. That’s how the first voice we heard begins. It is the voice of Richard Venus, a veteran diver and lover of the underwater, who left his job as a publicist to explore the oceans.


The scenes of the documentary are overwhelming. Since, among shots where hundreds of corals of all colors, sizes and shapes create a magical environment under the depths of our oceans, uniform gray and green hybrids appear, dead coral, creating a breathtaking contrast. The evidence of a reality that we should start to take more seriously since the damage is irreparable.


The Netflix documentary addresses this issue with important scientists and biologists from all over the world, recording images of the alarming damage. The tone with which the interviewees express their thoughts about this, is very emotional and at the same time very negative, since the numbers and statistics are anything but optimistic: in the last 30 years, 50% of the global corals have disappeared.


Chasing Coral



"At least, it will take a whole decade for corals that grow faster to be fully restored. After two serious bleaching episodes in a 12-month interval it gives damaged reefs no chance to recover. "


"Chasing Coral" also aims to explain its nature, explaining how the coral is fed and how other forms of marine life feed from it. The reefs are formed from certain species of hard corals that, with their calcium carbonate skeletons, form large three-dimensional structures. The innumerable hollows, cavities, and all types of surfaces constitute small microhabitats in which countless species live. This makes biodiversity so diverse.


Also, for many animals, corals represent protection from predators, a place to find food - substrates where they can grow and develop - and even a refuge to protect themselves from adverse marine conditions.


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By María Álvarez Pérez, Sustainability Editor, Mona


María Álvarez Pérez