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Oceans of wonder: Promoting conservation with beauty

Through some moving videos, Manu San Félix, supported by MINI, explains how we can love and protect the oceans.

MINI Voices - Manu San Félix: "An Unexpected Journey“
MINI Voices - Manu San Félix: "An Unexpected Journey“

In a new three-part video series, marine biologist, photographer and explorer, Manu San Félix, presents his favorite discoveries. As well as showcasing some wonderous environmental images, Félix also uses the images and videos to explain how everyone should respect the oceans, learn to appreciate them, and understand the necessity of protecting them.

Manu San Félix has spent more than 30 years dedicated to the sea, its study and observation.

MINI Voices – Manu San Félix: “An Unexpected Journey“

The video series is collectively titled “An Unexpected Journey”, and it has been produced and hosted via the MINI Voices platform. This is part of a larger commitment to sustainability in numerous European countries delivered by BMW’s MINI arm.

With the marine-centric video series, Carlos Martínez, Head of MINI Spain explains why supporting Félix’s environmental work was important to the company: “We fully support and endorse San Félix’s innovative commitment to sustainability and have been accompanying the explorer through some of his most unexpected journeys and discoveries. We are delighted to be able to support sustainable initiatives beyond the automotive industry.”

MINI Voices – Manu San Félix: “An Unexpected Journey“

The aim of the projects is to supports inspiring personalities and initiatives, such as the aims of Félix, with the potential to change the world. This scheme applies to an array of inventors, founders, scientists, adventurers, and other voices with something to say in the fields of sustainability and social responsibility.

Speaking about the importance of the oceans,  Félix told one news site why the importance of protecting the oceans should be placed high on the environmental agenda: “Now is the moment. Now is the moment we have to realize and have to appreciate with our hearts the importance of nature. We breath thanks to our oceans, and even those living in London, Barcelona or Madrid –  still 50% of their oxygen comes from the sea.”

MINI Voices – Manu San Félix: “An Unexpected Journey“

The first video is titled “In Search of the Mediterranean Blue”, and it  focuses on the well-known Posidonia marine plant (commonly known as Neptune grass or Mediterranean tapeweed), endemic to the Mediterranean, and the greatest discovery of the marine biologist’s career.

One of Félix’s aims is to bring nature closer to people to fascinate them and to inspire them to help in its conservation by showing the importance that water and oceans have in our lives.

The second video is called “Teaching to Save the Planet“, and it highlights how Félix has been promoting knowledge and love for the ocean from his diving school in Formentera.

Félix has undertaken some 12,000 dives across all of the world’s oceans and in countries on five different continents.

MINI Voices – Manu San Félix: “An Unexpected Journey“

The third video is “The last ice”, and it describes how Félix’s intervention has helped protect pristine seas, such as marine reserves.

Félix has been a professional photographer since 1988, publishing pictures in the international edition of National Geographic and in El Pais. He has also produced four books.

The interesting, captivating, and innovative video series can be accessed here.

Written By

Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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