ALPENA, Mich. — With the Thunder Bay International Film Festival approaching, Alpena High School students had the chance to get a sneak peek. These films show a variety of issues and happenings of the world’s oceans and bodies of water as well as the creatures that reside in them.
In Friday’s showing students soaked in information about battles between crabs, the fragile journey of sea turtles, the lives of creatures deep in the darkness of the ocean, and more.
Some students walked away with new appreciation for aquatic life an understanding how we as humans can contribute towards conservation. “I think it’s really cool that so many people are interested in helping the planet and getting people to know that things need to be changed,” said Freshman Kahlan Mousseau.
A topic that hit home for many students was the fact that plastic materials are entering the oceans and pose a threat towards sea turtles, who might mistake them as jellyfish. One student said there’s are ways to help avoid this. “Turtles die and that’s not okay. So reusable bags, paper bags, anything disposable or reusable,” said Freshman Miranda Quintel.
There are plenty of films like these that will show during the Thunder Bay International Film Festival which runs from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26.