Working in Mozambique, the Marine Megafauna Foundation has been using its grant from the OCT to produce authentic VR-films that allow viewers to develop empathy for marine life and to recognise the value of marine ecosystems, by experiencing them with their very own eyes. The VR films will make the beauty of Mozambique’s marine ecosystems and creatures accessible to stakeholders, communities and educators around the world. In biodiverse locations, such as the Bazaruto Archipelago, the team have been capturing beautiful footage of reefs, sharks, rays and whales with a 360° camera.
These VR-films feature local community leaders, scientists and conservationists, allowing for an authentic storyline supported by narration and music. In Mozambique, the films will be shown to key stakeholders (including school children, community leaders, park rangers and coastguards). Particularly in communities where MMF is already engaging stakeholders in Ocean education programmes, the VR films will be used to enhance learning experiences, and combining traditional learning approaches with this new form of experiential learning will increase the ability of educators to nurture knowledge and empathy among learners.