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Remembering Mike deGruy and Andrew Wight, Extraordinary Explorers/Filmmakers

Filmmaker and cinematographer Mike deGruy died with colleague Andrew Wight in a helicopter crash in Australia February 4, 2012, while working on a documentary. These videos were put together in tribute to their contributions to the world of natural history filmmaking, spanning four decades.

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    He was an amazing person who did so much to help protect our marine world and give others the passion to is a tragic loss for the marine world.

  • Elda Brizuela

    Mike, an AMIGO, with whom I learned so much through his stunning films, joyful talks and every time we met at the alternating wildlife film festivals in Bristol, UK and Jackson Hole, WY. We shared ideas for filmming bull sharks and became intrigued at the challenge of seeing them in the Lake Nicaragua-San Juan River system where I work… He will always be deeply missed! NICE LITTLE VIDEO!

  • Hunter Wolfe

    OMG! What a loss. Mike has such a zest for life, exploration, ecology, and love for every day and everything he did. This is a terrible loss. Just now seeing this! Condolences to the world and both families! 🙁

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