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See beneath the Salish Sea

January 10, 2013 · Updated 2:31 PM
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This baby orca whale, J49, is with its mother, J37, near Seattle on Oct. 8, 2012. Learn more about life beneath the Salish Sea at this month’s Whidbey Audubon Society presentation Jan. 10. / Florian Graner photo

By RECORD STAFF

Thursday, Jan. 10, marine biologist and cinematographer Florian Graner presents a revised edition of his film, “Beneath the Salish Sea,” at the Whidbey Audubon Society’s monthly meeting.

The program is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded with socializing at 7 p.m. and a brief meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Unitarian meeting house, north of Freeland at 20103 Highway 525.

The film is an extended view of life under the Salish Sea: the inland waterway that includes the Puget Sound in the United States and the Georgia Strait in Canada. Graner’s presentation has been completely overhauled and now includes marine mammals such as the harbor porpoise and the gray whale. Whidbey Audubon will be the first group to experience this revised underwater adventure.

After finishing a bachelor of science degree in marine biology, Graner extended his hobby of underwater still photography into the field of film. Now, more than a decade later, he holds a Ph.D. in marine biology with specialization in marine mammals and works full-time as a freelance marine cinematographer. Being a qualified marine biologist, he brings professionalism and extensive subject knowledge to his films. His films have been shown in many countries and his images can be seen in various books, field guides and diving magazines.

Graner’s cinematography assignments have taken him around the planet. He has worked for the British Broadcasting Company including Pacific Abyss, Amazon Abyss and The Blue Planet; the United Kingdom’s documentary company Icon Films; the German television company NDR Naturfilm; Parthenon Entertainment for National Geographic; and others.

When not out and about the world filming, Graner lives on Whidbey Island.

To find out more about Graner’s work, visit www.sealife-productions.com.

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