'Bursa Underwater Documentary', prepared by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, revealed that the Sea of Marmara, called 'Dying', has a rich biological diversity. Pinas, which filter 6 liters of water per hour, are endangered all over the world and are on the red list of the World Union for Conservation of Nature, were found in the Gulf of Gemlik.
Trying to showcase all the natural riches of Bursa in the best possible way in order to increase the diversity of tourism, the Metropolitan Municipality and Bursa Culture, Tourism and Promotion Association have signed off on another privileged project that reveals the underwater riches. Within the scope of the project, Bursa's underwater world, which hosts countless streams and waterfalls from Gemlik Bay to Mudanya, from Uluabat Lake to Iznik Lake, from Uludağ glacial lakes, was brought to light by MAC Communications under the direction of Underwater Imaging Director and Documentary Producer Tahsin Ceylan. . The richness and biodiversity of Bursa under water was revealed in the project, in which more than 45 dives were carried out for nearly two years, each lasting 100 minutes.
under protection around the world
With the project, it has been documented that the Marmara Sea and the Gulf of Gemlik, which are brought to the agenda by the public from time to time as 'Die', actually have a rich biodiversity. Moon jellyfish, crab, dovetail, sad fish, red-lipped goby, sea snail, scalloped medusa, anemone, sea eggplant, fireworks anemone, squid, lobster, sea stingray, sea lettuce, starfish, blue jellyfish, oyster Among the sea creatures displayed were anemone, red mullet, butt, snake star, sea horse, stingray, turbot, sole, shrimp, mammoth, scorpionfish, swallow, egret, drinker fish, shellfish and stingray. Pinas, one of the largest crustaceans in the Mediterranean, whose extinction is endangered all over the world, which are on the red list of the World Union for Conservation of Nature, filter 6 liters of water per hour and whose hunting is prohibited, were also seen in the Gulf of Gemlik. It was stated that the existence of pinas is pleasing for the Gulf of Gemlik, and it was emphasized that the seagrasses that produce 20 liters of oxygen per square meter are the lungs of the Gulf of Gemlik.
The unique beauties of Marmara
Under the direction of Underwater Cinematography Director and Documentary Producer Tahsin Ceylan, prepared by MAC Communications and voiced by master film actor and voice actor Mazlum Kiper, the first screening of the 14-minute Bursa Underwater Documentary was held at the Tayyare Cultural Center. In the event where Bursa's Underwater World Photography Exhibition took place, a 196-page book called 'Bursa's Underwater World', which constitutes the important pillar of the nature and diving tourism project, was presented to underwater enthusiasts.
“We are working for a cleaner sea”
Speaking at the introductory ceremony of Bursa Underwater Documentary, Metropolitan Mayor Alinur Aktaş said that they are trying to bring the beauties of Bursa to light, and that with this project, they showcased the underwater riches. Expressing that the documentary and the book will contribute to the development of underwater tourism in Bursa, Mayor Aktaş said, “Bursa's water should be clean. We are making serious investments so that Bursa's nature and climate will be good. Only in Orhangazi, Gemlik and Iznik, we are bidding on treatment plants for an additional 12 million Euros. I'm not even talking about what has been done in Mudanya, Gemlik, Kumla and Mustafakemalpaşa so far. That is an investment of up to billions of dollars. One of the main reasons for the beautiful landscapes we see in underwater documentary and photography today is the investments we have made or will make. I hope that this documentary and book work we have done will contribute to underwater tourism and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to its preparation.”
Not dying but at risk
Underwater Imaging Director and Documentary Producer Tahsin Ceylan, who made the presentation of the documentary and then signed the book 'Bursa's Underwater World', said that in the project they captured the living life in Gemlik Bay and the pollution that negatively affects this life. Expressing that they recorded promising images for the future of the Marmara Sea as well as pollution, Ceylan said, “We have photographed many things that we like. For example, we viewed sea urchins, which are indicators of cleanliness. It is a great gift for us to see them alive in the Gulf of Gemlik, while they are losing their lives due to a virus in the whole Mediterranean and Aegean. Our president also said, we need to increase biological treatment in the region. The Marmara Sea is not actually dying, but it is under such a risk. We need to protect. Moreover, 70 percent of the air and oxygen we breathe comes from the sea. We need to spread marine awareness and marine culture," he said.