News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – BUEI is pleased to celebrate Bermuda’s inaugural Dive Month with a series of special events throughout the month of April.
On Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm, the first of three BUEI Talks features ‘A Symphony of Whales:
The Song that Changed the World’, presented by Nan Hauser, President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation Nan, who first fell in love with whales in the waters of Bermuda, turned her passion into a profession garnering over 30 years of experience in the field of whale research.
‘The Whale Who Saved Me’, a documentary which captured the harrowing moments when a humpback whale shielded her from an approaching tiger shark by pushing her to safety with his head and pectoral fin, has been viewed by more than 50M people worldwide.
She’s recently returned to Bermuda to collaborate with Nonsuch Expeditions Founder, Jean-Pierre Rouja, to determine how the whale songs heard in Bermuda could potentially be used in the conservation of the species.
Nan’s BUEI Talk presentation will focus on the ‘Sound of Science’ Bermuda Whale Song Project, a collaboration with Nonsuch Expeditions, Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and Cornell University Bioacoustics Lab. The ‘Sound of Science’ is an acoustic study involving the ongoing analyses of humpback song and behavior from different parts of the world. Bermuda is set to play a significant role in this study with acoustic recorders being deployed in our waters to capture the sounds of humpback whales passing by our Island.
The first recorded whale song, entitled “Solo Whale”, which was first discovered in Bermuda, will also be covered in her talk.
“BUEI is thrilled to open Dive Month in Bermuda by showcasing how diving in our waters led to a significant scientific discovery about whales, and inspired a lifetime of activism and ocean advocacy,” said Karla Lacey, BUEI CEO. “Throughout this month we’ll continue to feature diving stories of local, international and historical importance.”
In addition to the talks, BUEI Screens will feature two dive-focused films this month, starting with ‘Men of Honor’ on Friday, April 8 at 7pm. The film is based on the life Carl Brashear, the first African American Master Diver in the US Navy, who is portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding Jr. “The story of Carl Brashear continues to inspire generations of people in a multitude of ways”, said Karla.
“His son, Chief Warrant Officer, Phillip Brashear, will introduce the film via live stream and share the impact his father’s determination to dive continues to have on others, despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges he faced.”
As part of the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s (BTA) ‘Dinner Date & Dive’ promotion, tickets for BUEI Talks with Nan Hauser and the film ‘Men of Honor’ are $20. Each ticket includes entry into BUEI’s Ocean Discovery Centre from 6pm-7pm and a complimentary beverage courtesy of Gosling Brothers. The Harbourfont restaurant will also open at 5pm for each ‘Dinner, Date and Dive’ event at BUEI! Ticket holders will receive 10 percent off dinner (food only) and a complimentary cocktail. Reservations required, book early to avoid disappointment. Please call 295-4207 for reservations and be sure to mention Dive Month. For a full listing of BUEI’s Dive Month events, visit www.BUEI.bm.
Dive Month Schedule of Events Wednesday, April 6th – 7pm BUEI Talk:
Nan Daeschler Hauser, President & Direct Center for Cetacean Research & Conservation (Live in person!)
Nan Hauser has spent much of her adult life raising her family in Brunswick and in the South Pacific Cook Islands. The charismatic nurse-turned-whale biologist spent the better part of three decades studying humpback whales in Rarotonga, her research base. Hauser had a close encounter with a humpback whale in the waters off of Rarotonga when saved from a 15-foot tiger shark attack. Her encounter is featured in the documentary ‘A Whale Saved My Life’, and watched more than 50M times across multiple networks.
Introduction by JP Rouja, Team Leader for the Nonsuch Expeditions Friday, April 8th – 7pm BUEI Screens:
Men of Honor Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the US Navy to become the world’s first black master diver. But as he works through diving training, the bitter and racist Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) sets out to make Carl’s journey as difficult as possible. Despite the entire Navy doubting his potential and sabotaging his training, the determined Carl proves that he can overcome the discrimination around him.
The film will be introduced via live streaming by Chief Warrant Officer, Phillip Brashear, son of Carl Brashear.
Thursday, April 14th -7pm BUEI Talk:
Bermuda Dives (Live in Person!) Members of Bermuda’s diving community share their local diving experiences, and the changes they’ve seen in our underwater environment over the past decade.
Moderated by Weldon Wade, Founder Guardian of the Reefs Friday, April 29th 7pm Film:
The Deep Pre-screening, BUEI will host a silent auction featuring memorabilia from the movie including: signed tee-shirts, prime condition original vintage ‘The Deep’ Marvel Movie special comic books, and vintage movie posters and small props. Part proceeds from the auction benefit BUEI programmes.