Ocean Oasis is a fascinating journey into the bountiful seas and pristine deserts of two remarkably different, but inextricably linked worlds–Mexico’s Sea of Cortés and the Baja California desert.

What powerful geologic forces collided to carve out this unique region? What drives the strong currents that make this ocean so unusually rich in nutrients? How does life thrive in a seemingly barren landscape? Ocean Oasis mesmerizes us with revealing and memorable scenes that explore these mysteries.

Glide side-by-side with a graceful giant manta ray as it arches and swoops through water sparkling under the hot Baja California sun. Witness the pageant of migrating whales, the elaborate tango of courting terns, the battles of lumbering elephant seals. Fly over sweeping vistas of snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, palm oases, and mangrove swamps–then plunge into astonishing underwater sequences of rarely seen marine life.

Length: 39:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2000
  • Date Released:
    September 2000
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    K2 Studios

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer: Michael Hager, Don Steele
  • Producer: Soames Summerhays, Don Steele
  • Director:  Soames Summerhays
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  MIchael Parfit
  • Cinematography: James Neihouse (terrestrial), Bob Cranston (marine), Gary Louzon (additional cinematography)
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects: Sassoon Film Design
  • Music/Score:  Alan Reeves
  • Editor: Mark Fletcher
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
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  • Documentary
  • Nature
  • Oceanography



  • Best Large Format Film, Wildscreen International Wildlife and Environmental Film Festival, 2002.
  • Best Theatrical Program award for “the program produced for large format or  conventional motion picture theaters that most effectively advances an  appreciation of the natural world,” Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2001.
  • International Film & Video Festival Conservation  Award.
  • Houston Wildlife Film Festival Platinum  Award.
  • Environmental Awareness Award, SEASPACE/PADI Project Aware, 2003.

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