Human Nature, 28th May 2018

Out of sight, out of mind.

When people don’t see the way that oceans could be — full of life and color — they forget.

A new film, “New Caledonia: Mother of the Coral Sea,” showcases the relationship that the people of New Caledonia, a French territory in the southwest Pacific Ocean, have with nature.

According to Shawn Heinrichs, the film’s creator, the archipelago halfway between Australia and Fiji is one of the best places on the planet to film the ocean. Human Nature recently spoke with Heinrichs and Mael Imirizaldu, marine officer at Conservation International New Caledonia, about depicting the relationship between the islands’ people and their oceans — including an unlikely friendship between a man and a clownfish.

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