Oil exploration exposed

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

The Sea Shepherd Great Southern presents award- winning documentary Jeedara this Friday in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of oil exploration in Australian waters.

The film is part of Operation Jeedara, which launched last August, and showcases the natural wonders of The Great Australian Blight and the rich marine life that we stand to lose should an oil spill occur.

This local screening is a one-night special — it has previously only been shown in sell-out shows around Australian capital cities and recently in Hollywood.

Denmark local Chloe Kobel, a crew member of the Sea Shepherd Global, said all ocean lovers in the Great Southern needed to unite and ensure the region’s marine life was conserved for years to come.

“I think having a local Sea Shepherd chapter in the Great Southern is absolutely vital,” she said.

“I've travelled to many places around the world and without being too biased, I can proudly say that our coastline is one of the most pristine, raw and remarkable on Earth.

“Having onshore Sea Shepherd volunteers based here is fantastic — the conservation and care for our coastline is so important.”

Footage for the film was shot over a three-week period in the campaign and Ms Kobel said the Sea Shepherd was granted special permission to access remote waters.

“From drone footage to underwater footage, Jeedara really captures the treasures of The Bight and will leave you understanding why it is we can’t let the oil giants have their way in our waters,” she said.

The event will provide an insight into what is happening in local waters, raffles and prizes, official merchandise and refreshments with all proceeds straight to Sea Shepherd Australia.

Head to Denmark Civic Centre tomorrow at 6.30pm to watch the eye-opening Jeedara.

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