Ocean Oasis
Review by Ross Anthony

Baja California, the coast is a haven for sea creatures. This film explains why walruses, fishes and birds flourish here in packs, schools and flocks.

Whales spit through their breath holes, walruses roar, sharks slither, huge manta rays float like magic carpets above an ocean floor hosting life growing upon life.

Starting from a blizzard of plankton, "Ocean Oasis" captures the aquatic food chain in action. The translucent jellyfish and plankton shots are dazzling, like submerged star constellations. Well shot too, a slow-mo hummingbird, canyon palm trees and a single diver tangoing under a giant manta ray twice her size while two suckerfish hitchhike atop.

Fascinating documentary that could have benefited from just a few more "LF moments."

  • Ocean Oasis. Copyright © 2001.
  • Directed by Soames Summerhays.
  • Produced by Summerhays Films, Inc.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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