Nat Geo Live Explores Secret Underwater Worlds

Nat Geo Live Explores Secret Underwater Worlds

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Mike Libecki hanging from rope, Antarctica. Photo: Cory Richards
Mike Libecki hanging from rope, Antarctica. Photo: Cory Richards

The wildly popular National Geographic Live Speaker Series continues its 18th season with the second event in the series Coral, Fire, & Ice: Exploring Secret Underwater Worlds from February 22- 24, 2015. In this talk, legendary underwater photographer David Doubilet and aquatic biologist and photojournalist Jennifer Hayes detail their struggles and triumphs getting the best shot. This breathtaking visual journey highlights their most recent adventures and the reality of life behind the camera – from parasites to harp seal bites.

Attendance and subscriptions for the series have grown each year. This year, to accommodate demand, Benaroya Hall has moved the Sunday matinee presentation of Coral, Fire, & Ice: Exploring Secret Underwater Worlds from the intimate 500-seat space into the larger 2500-seat auditorium. Best seats are available for the Sunday matinee at 2pm on February 22, 2015. Scattered tickets still remain for the Monday and Tuesday evening events.

National Geographic Live presents their most dynamic explorers, scientists, archaeologists, and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members. After most events, speakers will be on hand to sign copies of their books or DVDs.

Single tickets are $21 – $38 and are available now. Visit benaroyahall.org or call 206.215.4747. The Benaroya Hall Ticket Office is on the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Crossing ice field in Antarctica. Photo: Cory Richards
Crossing ice field in Antarctica. Photo: Cory Richards

David has joked that he’s spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. The two will lead you on a breathtaking visual journey highlighting their most recent assignments, from the tropics to the polar ice. Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, is a corner of the “coral triangle” that is the center of the world in terms of marine biodiversity. Discover an unspoiled wilderness of water crowded with layers of life: from fingernail-sized pygmy seahorses to 60-foot tall towers of barracudas.

Then, journey south to the waters of Antarctica, where the team moves through and under the ice to capture images of the hidden world of the leopard seal, penguins, shipwrecks, and the sculptural beauty of icebergs.

Finally, follow the team north to Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, an extraordinary world of whales, salmon, and harp seals. Go beyond the published story with Doubilet and Hayes, and discover the reality of life behind the camera as they share never-before-seen images from their assignments.

Currently celebrating its 127th anniversary, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, music and radio, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media, and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal published in English and 32 local-language editions, is read by more than 38 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches 330 million households in 34 languages in 166 countries. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 15 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 9,400 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects, and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.

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