JCU Researchers in the Spotlight for Nat Geo Wild
Strike Force - A Digital Dimensions and NHNZ Co-Production, Produced for Nat Geo Wild
Three Part Series Premieres in USA November 8 2010
JCU Cairns campus plays leading role in new Nat Geo TV series
The relationship between the aquatic research facilities at James Cook University and Nat Geo channels is pretty unique. Unlike the majority of natural history documentaries, where the show usually drives what research is done, for Strikeforce, this could not be further from the truth. Here, the research drove the direction of the documentary! This was only possible as the research facilities are also designed to be used for filming, using the latest in high definition technology video equipment. There are no other facilities like this in the southern hemisphere, and as a result, they are used by many broadcasters, not just Nat Geo channels. In the last ten years over 10 different broadcasters have made use of these unique and fantastic facilities. Richard and Jamie, both past students of James Cook University, are continually tinkering and planning ideas for new ways to research and film aquatic creatures, and without the interaction between broadcasters and the university, many of these ideas would not make it to completion. Perhaps the most “profitable” outcome of these facilities is their use by Jamie and Richard for teaching university students. Gone are the days where students only saw dangerous and venomous animals as still images in books! Now they have the chance to not only see them in the flesh, but to physically interact with them. Just imagine walking into a state of the art research and filming facility where you have access to the world’s most venomous animal (box jellyfish), the world’s most venomous snail (Cone snails), the world’s most venomous cephalopod (Blue ringed octopus), the world’s most venomous echinoderm (Flower urchins), the world’s most venomous fish (Stone fish), sea snakes and several species of sharks, all in one building! If you want to learn about, research or film dangerous aquatic organisms, James Cook University is THE place to be?