Inspiring Ocean Conservation Films to Watch Right Now

Thursday, 03 Mar, 2022

Looking for something to watch at home? We've got you covered with ocean conservation films available to stream online. 

NEW: Sharkwater film series - You can now watch all three of Rob Stewart’s award-winning films Sharkwater, Revolution and Sharkwater Extinction for FREE on Waterbear Network. 

Sharkwater was released in 2006. With 90 percent of the shark population destroyed by indiscriminate hunting, Canadian filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart joins forces with Sea Shepherd's Founder Paul Watson to fight poachers who illegally kill the animals for their fins and sell the meat. 



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Distant Waters (10 mins) - In 2020, the world watched on in horror as a huge fleet of over 300 Chinese squid fishing vessels descended on the waters off the Galápagos Marine Reserve. This year, Sea Shepherd took action. In a covert mission, the Ocean Warrior and her crew took to the high seas to shine a spotlight on the fleet, and what they found was shocking.

Joining us were two investigative journalists from The Associated Press and Univision, who accompanied the Sea Shepherd crew on the Ocean Warrior as it sailed into the dark heart of the notorious Chinese squid fleet.

Watch our film about the campaign on Youtube.


Envoy: Shark Cull (104 mins) 

Off the beautiful beaches, among breathtaking coral reefs of Australia lurks a deadly and indiscriminate killer. It's thirst for blood kills 1000s each and every year. It's not sharks. It's the Government Shark Control Program.

Watch this powerful new film narrated by Eric Bana about Queensland and New South Wales' deadly shark culling programs that features Sea Shepherd's Apex Harmony campaign on STAN.


On the Frontlines: Illegal Fishing in Africa (12 mins) - Dive into the frontlines of ocean conservation with Sea Shepherd and explore the inner workings of our operations around Africa and how we are working with local governments to shut down poaching in African waters and saving the lives of millions of marine animals.


Watson (99 mins) - From award-winning documentarian Lesley Chilcott comes this fascinating portrait of Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson as he puts his life at risk in a relentless quest to protect the ocean and marine life. Watson blends contemporary interviews, archival clips of dramatic encounters and spectacular underwater nature footage. Rent on Waterbear for $6.95.



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Untrashing Djulpan (25 mins) - This powerful documentary tells the story of the collaborative marine debris campaign between our passionate crew and Indigenous Rangers from Northeast Arnhem Land, NT.


Jeedara (46 mins) - Celebrate the victory of oil-giant Santos recently withdrawing their plans for the Great Australian Bight by watching Jeedara. This film tells the story of our campaign that saw the M/V Steve Irwin sail into the heart of the Great Australian Bight in 2016 to document the beauty of the region. Watch it on Youtube now. 


Chasing The Thunder (96 mins) -  This award-winning documentary follows Sea Shepherd's adrenaline-fuelled 110-day chase across three oceans and two seas to capture the notorious poaching vessel, the Thunder. Rent it today for $5.99 on Waterbear.



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Seaspiracy (89 mins) - Created by director Ali Tabrizi, Seaspiracy shines a light on the impact we are having on our ocean. Featuring Sea Shepherd's ocean conservation campaigns, Seaspiracy exposes countless threats to marine animals, from shark finning to whaling, as well as highlighting the impact of both commercial and illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Watch it on Netflix.


Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Documentary (28 mins) - At the beginning of August 2012, the M/V Steve Irwin travelled halfway around Australia to descend upon Walmadan (also known as James Price Point) in Western Australia - the site of the world's largest humpback whale nursery. With Woodside proposing the construction of the second-largest gas processing plant in the world at Walmadan, Sea Shepherd launched Operation Kimberley Miinimbi: our campaign to bring worldwide attention to the Kimberley coastline and show the world what we all stand to lose if the development goes ahead. Watch on Youtube


Defend, Conserve, Protect (1hr 16mins) - Narrated by Dan Aykroyd, Defend, Conserve, Protect documents our campaign to the Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an epic battle to defend minke whales. This incredible true story shows what happens when a small group of determined people stand up to enforce international conservation laws. Rent on Youtube for $4.99


Defending Turtles in Cabo Verde (12 mins) - Every year, tonnes of discarded fishing gear wash up on the beaches of Cabo Verde, a remote island nation in the central Atlantic Ocean, where thousands of loggerhead sea turtles come to lay their eggs. Sea Shepherd and local conservation organisation Biosfera have teamed up to remove this deadly fishing gear from the beaches and stop it from choking the mother and baby turtles before they safely reach the waters. Watch this inspiring video about our campaign to protect the turtles of Cabo Verde. 


Galapagos (34 mins) - Off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Archipelago is famed throughout the world for its unique plant and animal species. Over the years, Sea Shepherd has maintained a strong and positive presence in the Galapagos Islands, from working to stamp out the illegal poaching of sharks to initiating the K9 unit: our partnership with the Galapagos police to stop the illegal smuggling of wildlife. Produced in 2011, this documentary shows the work that we have been carrying out to assist in the protection of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and the life within it. Watch it on Youtube.


The Shark Cull (48 mins) - The Shark Cull explores the controversial Western Australian shark cull that took place between January and April 2014. This explosive documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in the protection of sharks and marine conservation. Watch it on Youtube.


Stand Fast: 40 Years Defending Whales (7 mins) - Sea Shepherd has been defending whales since we shut down the illegal whaling ship Sierra in 1979. From Soviet Russia and Norway to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica, Sea Shepherd's fleet has protected whales in every corner of the world. This short film, produced in 2017, celebrates our 40 year history of protecting whales. Watch it on Youtube.


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