Fans have been left speechless over Netflix’s latest trending documentary, Seaspiracy, which looks at the effect of the commercial fishing industry on our oceans, and the future of our seas.
Shocking social media users who tuned in this week amid its release, the Ali and Lucy Tabrizi-made documentary has been described as everything from terrifying to sobering and eye-opening as it lays bare man’s use of the ocean, including commercial whaling, our use of plastic, fish boat slavery allegations and overfishing.
One scene, where Ali headed to village Hvannasund, in the Faroe Islands, to witness a whaling hunt, left viewers in tears as they reacted to the moment the waters were turned bright red from the blood of the slain animals.
One wrote of the wrenching scenes: ‘The grind scene in the Faroe Islands has me in tears. Heart wrenching.’
Another implored other viewers: ‘If you didn’t cry watching that whale scene in #Seaspiracy then you have no heart. Actually heartbroken to watch all of this.’
The synopsis reads: ‘Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species—and uncovers alarming global corruption.’
The fishing industry had a light shone on it in the film (Picture: Netflix)
Ali Tabrizi says he began filming his documentary with the aim of uncovering the effect of plastics in the ocean, before he soon discovered a world of corruption and deceit within the commerical fishing industry, which was having a much more devasting effect on the water than our use of plastic straws ever could.
Through interviews with experts and activists, a picture of the future of the world’s oceans is revealed, with one sobering statistic repeated claiming if humanity continues to fish at the current rate, we’re facing ’empty oceans’ by the year 2048 (which was quoted from a 2006 study).
Also referenced in the documentary, tens of millions of sharks are killed each year as incidental catch – or ‘by-catch’ – alone, or, in other areas, tossed back into the sea after having their fins cut off as a delicacy (which also stemmed from a WWF report).
Ali travelled to Asia where shark fins are a delicacy (Picture: Lucy Tabrizi)
The effects of commercial fishing were laid bare (Picture: Sea Shepherd)
One person interviewed for the documentary tells Tabrizi: ‘We are at war with the oceans and, if we win this war, we’re going to lose it all because mankind is not able to live on this planet with a dead sea.’
Viewers on social media were left floored and heartbroken as they took to social media to share their thoughts on the documentary – many of them insisting it had encouraged them to give up eating seafood then and there.
One wrote on Twitter after watching: ‘Please watch #Seaspiracy because it’s shocking and interesting but f**k me is it depressing. Commercial fishing has had a worse impact on the health of the ocean than everything combined…’
Another was left heartbroken as they added: ‘Watching this seaspiracy. It’s utterly shocking and depressing. Too many people on this planet and too few of us who have respect for the animals we share the world with.’
Seaspiracy is available on Netflix now.
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