The Living Sea

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For the Canadian nature television series, see The Living Sea (TV series).
The Living Sea
Directed by Greg MacGillivray
Written by Roger Holzberg and Tim Cahill
Narrated by Meryl Streep
Music by Sting
Cinematography Howard Hall
Edited by Stephen Judson
Distributed by IMAX Corporation
Release dates
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
40 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Living Sea is a 70mm American documentary film exploring marine locales intended to show the importance of protecting the ocean, released to IMAX theaters in 1995. It is narrated by actress Meryl Streep, with music by Sting, produced by Science World, a Vancouver-based science education centre, and underwater imagery directed by filmmaker Greg MacGillivray.


The film is a survey of the world's oceans, emphasizing that it is a single interconnected ocean and the dependence of all life on the planet. The film shows researchers tracking whales, a Coast Guard rough-weather rescue squad, a deep-ocean research team, and the Palau Islands, which contain an unusual jellyfish habitat.

The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated IMAX director and cinematographer Greg MacGillivray, who also directed similar water-conservation themed documentaries such as Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short[1] but lost to One Survivor Remembers.



  1. ^ "NY Times: The Living Sea". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 

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