You can read all about these sponges and the incredible run done by this squad in the next( Winter) issue of DIVER .
Moonless Oasis is now streaming for free in Canada on CBC GEM. Click here for the full documentary .
The sea to sky road from Vancouver to Whistler is famous for its incredible positions of Howe Sound, but basically all persons who travellings it has no idea that merely west of them, hundreds of feet beneath the ocean surface, are living dinosaurs a prehistoric glass sponge reefs thought to have been extinct for over 40 million years. Their recent discovery has catalyzed a group of citizen scientists into action, putting their money and lives on the line to advocate for the protection of these ecologically significant animals.
Moonless Oasis follows this ragtag team of passionate people as they oppose to get the government to put protections into place and enforce existing protections. Glen Dennison detects the reefs with a remote operated vehicle.
Once detected, Hamish Tweed and his squad of divers head to extreme depths to document the site in greater detail. Marine biologists at Ocean Wise attempt to grow and study sponge in laboratory conditions for the first time. The wealth of information gathered is given to Adam Taylor who takes it to the government and unrelentingly induces their case.
Outside interests are divided over what the future of Howe Sound should be, putting the lives of these animals into jeopardy. This cinema explores our current state of ecological uncertainty and the people attempting to go up against industry and government to ensure the survival of a small part of our planet, before it is too late.