The bluefish a much loved and iconic symbol of Ä°stanbul face the threat of extinction. The bluefish is an Istanbul icon stories about what is lithe silvery fish, the fastest and most ferocious swimmer of the Bosporus, can do. Called a small monster or piranha there are rumours of it attacking cluster of bonito and even dolphins. The fish is truly a Bosporus legend. The Bosporus has already lost some of its famous inhabitants; the giant blue-fin tuna and its predator, the great white shark, no longer swim through. Lobsters that ere once plentiful in the Marmara, swordfish and the Mediterranean seals are also long gone. Most recently the Bosporus mackerel disappeared. Is the bluefish next in line? Combining magical underwater footage with interviews with fisherman, activists, and more, the film the fish story with great sensitivity.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Mert Gokalp is a marine-biologist and underwater
documentary specialist based in Istanbul. He graduated from Middle East Technical University, studied MSc. in Miami University Marine Sciences, and at Ankara University. He is currently continuing his PhD in the Wageningen University of Netherlands, in Fisheries & Aquaculture Department. He worked in two European Union Projects on the subject of sustainable use of marine resources. He also worked in various advertisement projects globally as script writer, photographer, DOP and UW cameraman. In 2011 he published a guidebook for marine species of Mediterranean Sea and produced a Marine Nature Guide, a smart phone application for marine species of Mediterranean Sea. He has 4 individual 1 combined photography exhibitions. He is working as a writer & nature photographer in MAGMA magazine. As a documentary maker, he is currently working on a series of underwater feature length documentaries.