About 62,000 dead or dying common murres, the trophically dominant fish-eating seabird of the North Pacific, washed ashore between summer 2015 and spring 2016 on beaches from California to Alaska. A team of United States Geological Survey scientists have been researching and investigating the cause of this die off.
'When I was first told the story of what happened I could not believe it. The full impact and damage on the ecosystem and wildlife in the Pacific ocean that this heatwave had stunned me. What further amazed me, was the lack of news or media coverage of the event. I knew this story had to be told and people had to be made aware of the impact of marine heatwaves as the situation is only going to get worse.' - Ben Collins
Featuring John Piatt, Mayumi Arimitsu, Sarah Schoen, and Caitlin Marsteller.
Directed by Ben M. Collins
Shot on location in Alaska, July 2019
Released April 2nd, 2020
Special thank you to Catherine Collins, Michael Collins, Jill Collins, Tyler Wyatt, Robert Crowley, Sienna Devoe-Talluto, Kora Freeman-Gerlach, Jack Sipperly, Casey Allen, Sydney Schenck, Miranda Miller, Elizabeth Connoly, Jack Baraky, Jack Marcella.
Produced with permission of the U.S. Gelogical Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage.
All fish and wildlife were observed or captured under permits provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
About Ben M. Collins
Ben Collins is a music and portrait photographer from Duxbury, MA inspired by the rhythm, melodies, and stories of music. Ben studies marketing and music business at the University of Vermont. He is also the owner and founder of the production company Ascentios, LLC and the photography publication 'The Other 5%'.
"I’m originally from Duxbury, Massachusetts and I began filming action sports early on in middle school. In high school, I began to do commercial photo and film work for clients.
Around the same time, a couple of my friends started a band called Surfliner and I began shooting their concerts, music videos, and band photos. When Surfliner needed a cover shot for their new single, ‘Nowhere to Go’, I happily helped out. Shooting that cover changed the course of direction for my career towards music and portrait photography.
Music consumes a lot of my day to day. Spotify, CDs, vinyl, music photography, music history, playing music, making music. It's very natural that music is where I draw my inspiration from.
I’ve found more and more often in my career that I’m further inspired when the photos I’m shooting help someone out in some way, whether that is the subject or the viewer. I strongly believe that the photos I take should benefit others more than they benefit me as the photographer."
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