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Dongsha Atoll National Park is our country's first Marine national park. It has world-class atoll topgraphy and views as well as abundant biodiversity. Its beautiful natural resources are precious and unique. Full of mystery, Dongsha Atoll is a nearly circular unique landform formed by the accumulated growth of coral over thousands of years. It is like a glistening ring on the South China Sea. And Dongsha Island, with its thriving biology, is like a piece of jade embedded in the ring, beautiful yet profound. In order for more people to see the precious ecology of this shining "South Sea Ring", our department took two years to plan the shooting of Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea-Dongsha Atoll. From the sea, the land, and the sky, we shot a full-faceted film of Dongsha Atoll National Park that uses a narrative perspective. These exquisite views are no longer unreachable.

 

The film takes the journey of living organisms arriving at Dongsha Atoll through mediums such as currents, wind power and human influence as the theme of the narrative. Each species continuously works to reproduce itself and pass on its heredity, while awaiting the next shift in life. Through every journey, they display again and again the continuity of marine life, as well as their important links to global marine ecology. This twenty-minute film introduces step by step the diverse and abundant marine ecology. The film starts with the geography and environment of Dongsha Atoll, then moves to the inside and outside of the atoll sea, wreck area, sea grass bed, lagoon, and other unique sea environments. During the shooting process, we captured a rare view: a group of lemon shark(Negaprion queenslandicus) pups swimming in the lagoon's shallow water area. This magnificent scene shows a dozen sharks swimming together. Dongsha tides bring fiddler crabs foraging for food from the intertidal zone, as well as seashore plants on land. As for birds, they ride the wind to Dongsha Island. This marine oasis gathers together migratory species from near and far. Reproducing and thriving here, these species breed the infinite vitality of Dongsha. With the establishment of Dongsha Atoll National Park in 2007, Marine National Park Headquarters(MNPH)has committed to habitat monitoring and protection, and we have also been actively working to help repopulate various species. The Dongsha Marine Research Center began operations in 2014. It provides an important base for domestic and foreign researchers exploring even deeper into the Atoll's profound veil.

 

On September 30 and October 2, 2016, MNPH held two film premiere showings, in Taipei and Kaohsiung respectively. Not only were the audience amazed by the beauty of Dongsha's ecology, they were also deeply shaken. This film has become the best endorsement of Dongsha Atoll National Park. In order to also let the whole world see the beauty of Dongsha Atoll National Park, multi-language versions of Bejeweled Ring in the South China Sea-Dongsha Atoll in English and Japanese will be released simultaneously with the twenty-minute Chinese version DVD. This is material and medium for later environmental education advocacy to increase international visibility, as well as for integration into global marine conservation efforts.

 

People who are interested can purchase the DVD, priced at NT $250, at Taipei City's Government Publications Bookstore (Songjiang store), Taichung City's Wunan Books, and Kaohsiung City's Marine National Park Headquarters.

 

 

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Dongsha Atoll is like a glistening ring on the South China Sea.
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Bejeweled Ring in the South China SeaDongsha Atoll Twenty-Minute DVD in Chinese, English & Japanese.
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All colors and kinds of layered coral communities.

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Lemon shark pups swimming in the Dongsha sea grass bed.  

 

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Migratory birds that rode the wind to Dongsha for a brief stay.
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Fiddler crabs foraging for food in the intertidal zone.
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