Beneath the Salish Sea: Local Filmmaker Explores the Waters of the Puget Sound

Biologist and cinematographer Florian Graner dives below the surface.
Posted February 04, 2011
Sea anenome
The rose anemone, our undersea neighbor

Some of Seattle’s most breathtaking views exist where it’s tough to appreciate them—underwater. That’s where marine biologist and cinematographer Florian Graner can help. Originally from Germany and now based on Whidbey Island, Graner became enamored with documentary filmmaking while working as a research diver for the BBC production Blue Planet (from 1998–2000). After moving to Whidbey in 2006 and realizing that many of his neighbors were oblivious to the sea life that was literally steps from their front doors, Graner decided to share his knowledge in the form of a documentary exploring the waters of Puget Sound. Released locally in 2010 and now available on DVD, Beneath the Salish Sea ($25; sealife-productions.com) offers a comprehensive discussion of Salish Sea watershed geology and ecosystems, and gets viewers up close to the sea critters living right next door—seals, octopi, nudibranches, orca whales—via underwater footage filmed in high definition. Now Graner has edited a new hourlong documentary for KIRO-TV, called Secrets of the Sound, inspired by Beneath the Salish Sea and featuring some of the same content. Take a deep breath and dive in. 3/24, 10 p.m. KIRO-TV.