Technology often changes how people look at things. We have been able to see a great white shark attack a device used to track white shark predatory behavior. We have been able to watch an octopus take photos using a GoPro camera, and we have been given a glimpse of a turtle’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef. Now, we have been given the chance to see a sockeye salmon spawning migration, all with the help of a drone and a video camera.
Ching’s short film, Above Iliamna, is a sight to see at just under 4 minutes in length. Not only does it detail with incredible beauty the salmon runs, but also that of Bristol Bay, which is under assault by a proposed mine project that has the potential to destroy the natural beauty of the area as well as the famed sockeye salmon runs the region is known for. The latest news is that Rio Tinto, a stakeholder in the proposed mine, has ended its involvement in the project. Will some other entity pick up where Rio Tinto left off is anyone’s guess, but in the meantime, check out the beauty that is “Above Iliamna.”