Blake NZ-VR: Marine Life

Sir Peter Blake, a New Zealand yachtsman. He won the 1989 – 1990 Whitbread Round the World Race. This race was special in reasoning that according to people’s experiences it takes around one year to complete this race. Soon after he had won, he realised that racing would change him. Therefore he had quit and sold all of his sailing boats. With the money he had after selling his boats, he had bought another boat. This boat was a Seamaster model. He planned to travel around the world to research about the ocean and tell everyone how we humans have affected the ocean. Sadly he had died on December the 5th of 2001, pirates shot and killed him while he was on a environmental exploration trip in South America monitoring global warming and  pollution  for the UN (United Nations)

In February of 2019 James Gibson launched a program called Blake NZ-VR. This company tries their best to go to every single school in Aotearoa, New Zealand to teach year 7 and year 8 students about how us humans affect marine life and how we can change that.

Blake NZ-VR records marine life using 360 degree water proof cameras to show us what happens underwater when we, humans affect them. Instead of having a video shown on a slideshow we get to use VR Headsets (Virtual-Reality) technology to watch them. When wearing the VR Headsets it seems like you’re in the video.

The video showed many marine animals such as, the common dolphin, humpback whales, southern right whales, great white sharks, New Zealand sea lions, pilot whales, stingrays, rainbow fishes  and a lot more. They also showed a dirty part of the ocean which was caused by pollution which is caused by us.

After the lesson I took in one thing they taught us, which was never to litter. The rest of the things they taught us I already do. So remember viewers, let’s take care of our ocean!

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