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EditPhoto Description:A virtual reality film from Conservation International
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EditImage Description:Due to their popularity with divers, manta rays in the Bird's Head Seascape bring in about one million dollars to the local community over their lifespan.
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    “Valen’s Reef” is a touching, immersive virtual reality film that shares the wonder of some of Earth’s most beautiful reefs through the eyes of West Papuan fisherman-turned-coral-reef- scientist and conservationist Ronald Mambrasar and his 8-year-old son, Valen. Together, they take viewers on an underwater journey among the region’s stunning sea life, including manta rays and sharks. Ronald shares how his people have reclaimed their ancestral waters, creating one of the world’s most successful community-based marine conservation projects.​​

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    What people are saying

    ...brings the [Bird’s Head’s] crystalline waters and exceptionally diverse marine life directly to you.

    ...the best use of virtual reality yet.

    VR and nature conservation truly go hand-in-hand and this video should convince you.

    ...a stunning short film...allowing viewers to feel like they are experiencing the beauty of the remote reef first hand...

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    EditImage Caption:ONE MILLION“Valen’s Reef” is rapidly approaching one million total views
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    EditImage Caption:BROAD REACHMore than 2.5 million social media impressions
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    EditImage Caption:RESONATEDNearly 300 thousand social engagements
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    EditImage Alt Text: Manta Ray, from Conservation International's VR debut, “Valen’s Reef.” © Conservation International/John Martin
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    EditImage Alt Text:Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia. © Will Turner
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