The Last Ocean: Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth

Most of us will never see the wildest intact marine ecosystem on earth, Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Which is why Boulder, Colorado, photographer and filmmaker John Weller has spent the better part of a decade shooting there, to illustrate what would be lost to warming seas and overfishing.

The results of that dedication are out now, in the form of the activist documentary The Last Ocean and a photo book of the same name ($50). The film is a bit slow and hard to find, airing at international festivals, but the book is worth a spot on your coffee table: a foreword by ecologist Carl Safina adds gravitas, and the photos are urgent and wild.

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Adélie penguin launching onto the ice

(John Weller)


Dive hole from below

(John Weller)


Weddell seal pup in crumpled ice

The Last Ocean Outside Online Photography
(John Weller)


Weddell seal and diver

The Last Ocean Outside Online Photography
(John Weller)


Minke whale surfacing

The Last Ocean Outside Online Photography
(John Weller)


Adélie penguin, Franklin Island

The Last Ocean Outside Online Photography
(John Weller)

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