Ancient Turtles to Ocean Wildlife


We met an incredibly talented wildlife filmmaker, Michelle Sanders at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival She had done a marvelous interview of Dr. Sylvia Earle, our Ocean Heroine.

When the Waitt Foundation funded Phase Three of the Coral Monitoring on our IntelliReefs Caribbean MPA sites; we asked Michelle to join the film team!

Michelle is a Freelance Video Creator at the Turtle Conservancy, NY helping the organization’s mission and raise awareness for turtle conservation. Researching and developing creative projects in documentary and narrative formats; she is currently working on a forthcoming project about scent, science, and the senses.

"Showing through film, how we can connect to the ocean and rewild our ecosystems is my biggest passion, and why I'm dedicated to science media. It's so exciting to be part of the IntelliReefs project because they are at the forefront of coral reef innovation"


"I felt so lucky to be part of the IntelliReefs team, and to document innovation in action.The trip was such a dynamic experience, from discovering that octopus living in the center of the IntelliReef, to hearing that there were wild coral spawns that landed on the substrates. I'm so excited to part of this project and to see how it develops and scales." Michelle Sanders

My film goals:

"My dream is to document how people relate to the Ocean, and to show what a sustainable coexistence with the Earth can look like. That's why this project is so interesting to me-- Reef Life Foundation has created smart oceanic substrates that help biodiversity thrive. I met Melody in Jackson Hole last fall, and it was incredible how welcoming she was to bringing a young filmmaker onto the project. I'm grateful for the chance she gave me to tell this story."


Film Clip Below from Michelle, details IntelliReefs Substrates in St. Maarten, which support coral recruits, marine bristle worms, diverse sponges, tunicates, and algae who all together, make up a healthy reef hardscape with nearly 100% benthic coverage of marine bio-diversity, feeding fish and myriads of other ocean animals!

IntelliReefs Project History: Sint Maarten Deployment in Caribbean 2018

Initial Reef Life Smart Substrate Prototype Film https://vimeo.com/325568580


Above taken by Ian Kellet who lead the IntelliReefs film team in Sint Maarten


The recent documentation team for the IntelliReefs project includes: Ian Kellett, Emily C. Higgins, Colleen Flanigan, Josh Hanes and the Eco Blue Projects team with Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern and the Nature Foundation SXM teams.


Join our Ocean Tribe!!! Here is how you can help Save Coral Reefs LINK


For more information on her work: www.michellebsanders.com


@intellireefs @reeflifefoundation @waittfoundation https://www.waittfoundation.org/

@_michellesanders @emchiggins @iankellett_story @colleenflanigan @ecoblueprojects #ocean https://www.jacksonwild.org/ https://www.turtleconservancy.org/ #MissionBlue @sylviaearle #rewild #TurtleTuesday #galapagos #turtles #ReefLifeBlue #film #WorldWildlifeDay #wildlife #climatechange #environment #jacksonwild #turtleconservancy #intellireefs @waittfoundation @waittinstitute #SDG14 https://www.waittinstitute.org/ @thenatureconservancy #caribbean #underwater #scuba #scubadiver #tortoise #womeninscience #womeninoceanscience #womenwhofreedive #photographer @jacksonwild @naturefoundation #corals https://naturefoundationsxm.org/ @naturefoundationsxm #artificialreefs #coralreefs

127 views
Buy a Bracelet & Plant a Coral

Reef Life Foundation supports coral science research globally as well as the divers planting corals. Every Purchase goes into the

Create Homes for Corals Campaign

100% of the purchase or donation goes to support coral reef conservation Beginning with The Nature Foundation SXM, St. Maarten island in the Caribbean,         Stay Tuned for next Reef Site!

Reef LifeFoundation
IntelliReefs_Oceanite.png

© Reef Life Foundation. All Rights Reserved. 

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • IntelliReefs Instagram
  • Twitter
  • IntelliReefs Linked In
  • Reef Life Restoration Video

“Drastic changes must be made if we are to secure not only the future of the ocean and its inhabitants, but also subsequent generations of mankind.  The time has come to bring change to the ocean and to openly and honestly exhibit truly sustainable living for the future. Within the context of The Decade of Ocean Science,  said Ian Kellet, Global Project Bio-Tech Advisor for Reef Life

png2.png
Restoration.png