Series catches glimpse of life under the sea

Published on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 by Tara Nelson

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Those wanting to catch a rare glimpse of the Puget Sound’s watery underworld can attend a presentation next week by award-winning underwater videographer John Williams.

Williams will present excerpts from his TV series SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest along with a display of underwater photos and an audience-participation discussion about how art, science, education, and recreation are involved in protecting and preserving the health of Puget Sound. 

Williams spent nearly 20 years on research vessels making detailed maps of the ocean floor in most of the world’s oceans and scuba diving in his spare time.  In 2001, he began making short movies in order to give non-divers a chance to see some of the mysteries hidden beneath the surface of the water and to encourage public involvement in the important issues facing our Pacific Northwest waters.

His video footage has appeared on KING-5, KOMO, and KIRO, satellite TV, PBS and French national TV as well as at marine science research conferences and marine science centers around the Puget Sound region.

“Since mini-documentaries take weeks, months, or even years to make and more months to promote, I wanted to share these amazing sights with people right away,” Williams said. “This led me to create regular TV series that could bring events in the underwater world to a viewing audience relatively quickly.”

The series has won three awards from Bainbridge Island TV including “Best New Series” (2006), “Best Use of Technology” (2006), and “Best Educational Series” (2007). It also won a national award (2009) for “Best Magazine
Show” from the Alliance for Community Media.

The Underwater Neighborhoods video tour comes to Bellingham on March 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the council chambers at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue.

This event is sponsored by WSU Extension Beach Watchers, Sea Grant, the Northwest Straits Initiative, Whatcom County’s Marine Resources Committee, Everyday Nature, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, The Sierra Club and The Whatcom Land Trust.

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