How to Film the Fastest Shark in the Ocean
“Torpedoes with teeth.” That’s how photographer Brian Skerry describes shortfin makos. “That conical nose just pierces through the ocean.”
When Skerry set out to photograph this story on mako sharks, his ultimate goal was to produce a video of a mako shark biting prey—in slow motion. The biggest challenge was devising a plan on how exactly to capture that footage, because the equipment he’d need didn’t actually exist. With help from the imaging experts at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Skerry and his team designed a camera with a one-of-a-kind housing that would allow it to be towed behind a boat. After diving with makos off the coasts of Rhode Island and Southern California, Skerry finally got to deploy the contraption in New Zealand. He admits that there was a certain amount of luck involved: “I have no control over this. Once it’s being towed, I can’t move it left or right…It all happens lightning fast. So you have to hope that you’ve done all your preparations properly.” Ultimately, the team had one shot over a two-week period to make it happen, and the gamble paid off.
Octopus Eggs Hatch by the Thousands
You may have already seen the miracle of life at work via the birth of a human, or even a sea otter.
But birth gets even more mind-blowing when it happens from a huge clutch of eggs, with thousands of tiny siblings entering the world all at once. This is just how it works for octopuses.
A female octopus can lay anywhere between 20,000 and 100,000 eggs at once. And she only does this once. Octopus mothers are so dedicated to their offspring that they abandon all other activities — including eating — to care for their eggs.
Soon after her little eight-legged progeny enter the world, she dies. But at least she can go knowing that she’s passed on her genes to an entire city’s worth of tiny, tentacled babies.
The Eating Habits of Coral
Corals are beautiful, weird and in danger. They get getting sustenance through a unique relationship with tiny algae called zooxanthellae that produce sugar for them and they also use stinging tentacles to pull zooplankton into their mouths and stuff them into their hollow, interconnected stomach. But corals are increasingly threatened by climate change and ocean acidification and without our help they could disappear forever.
You don’t want to miss this gorgeous timelapse of coral-polyp mouths munching on zooplankton.
Puffer Fish Creates This Blue Water Art ~: }
“This video is for educational purposes” !
Quick example of the beauty we can find in those BBC-Earth new documentaries. The amazing little puffer fish capable of creating elaborately designed ‘crop circles’ at the bottom of the ocean as part of an elaborate mating ritual.
The behavior was first documented by a photographer named Yoji Ookata who later returned with a film crew from the Japanese nature show NHK which later aired an episode about the fish. Even as articles bounced around the web it was still difficult to imagine how a tiny fish could create such a large design in the sand, even when staring directly at photographic evidence.
Finally, video has emerged that shows just how the little guy delicately traverses the sand in a rotating criss-cross pattern to create a sort of subaquatic spirograph. The textured sand sculpture not only attracts mates but also serves as protection when the fish pair and lays eggs.
Mandarin Fish Mating
Posted by Ocean Reality
One of the most spectacular coloration’s of any fish in our oceans. The vibrant and beautiful Mandarinfish or Mandarin Dragonet. Watch here as two mate in a side by side fluttering dance.
Nudi by Nature Nudibranch Diversity
by: Center for Biological Diversity
Nudibranchs are slow-moving hermaphroditic predators related to snails. These wild weirdos dwell on the ocean floor where they creep around munching on corals, sponges, barnacles, other nudis and sometimes jellyfish. There are more than 3,000 species of nudis globally.
Check out our latest video showing the bizarrely beautiful diversity of nudibranchs.
Award Winning Video by Mike Johnson
Congrats to Film Maker Mike Johnson for Oceanic Aliens being awared Best of Show and Award of Outstand Excellence Cinematography e by Depth Of Field International Film Festival Competition.
Oceanic Aliens is also a Semi-Finalist in the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards.
More is known about outer space than our very own oceans. This short documentary illustrates just one example of little known class of marine species and their amazing attributes.
360° Great Hammerhead Shark Encounter
Produced by BLACK DOT FILMS VR for National Geographic Partners.
I created this video several years ago as a subtle indictment of over-fishing and gill nets. It was captured exclusively on HDCAM with a Sony 900 camera. Original music is by Alan Williams.
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Sea Lions and Seals
Two of the more common marine mammals on the west coast of North America are sea lions and seals. The two belong to the superfamily Pinnipedia, which means fin-footed, and each has developed slightly different adaptations to their aquatic lifestyle. Commonly mistaken for one another, it is easy to distinguish between the two once you know what to look for. In this video we highlight a few of the easily recognizable differences to help you tell them apart in the wild. So sit back and enjoy this educational view of two of our favorite coastal neighbors.
There's no such thing as a jellyfish
By all accounts, jellyfish are creatures that kill people, eat microbes, grow to tens of meters, filter phytoplankton, take over ecosystems, and live forever. Because of the immense diversity of gelatinous plankton, jelly-like creatures can individually have each of these properties.
However this way of looking at them both overstates and underestimates their true diversity. Taxonomically, they are far more varied than a handful of exemplars that are used to represent jellyfish or especially the so-called “true” jellyfish. Ecologically, they are even more adaptable than one would expect by looking only at the conspicuous bloom forming families and species that draw most of the attention. In reality, the most abundant and diverse gelatinous groups in the ocean are not the ones that anyone ever sees.
To report sightings of jellyfish and other marine organisms, go to http://jellywatch.org/
Weedy Seadragons dance into the night
These two could teach Strictly Come Dancing a thing or two. Named for their uncanny resemblance to the plant life around them, a male weedy seadragon seduces a female with some very fancy fin work. Two months later, however, its the male whos left carrying the eggs
Living off the coast of south Australia, weedy seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are the only known species along with sea horses and pipefish – where the male carries the eggs. Although the eggs start out in the female, she lays about 120 of them onto the tail of the male where they are then fertilized and develop until they hatch.
Feeding on plankton, larval fishes and small shrimp-like crustaceans, seadragons resemble swaying seaweed making them difficult to find in their natural habitats, even though they can grow to about 46 cm in length.
Gigantic School of Rays
Possible the biggest school of Mabula Ray ever recorded in Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
In celebration of Cephalopod week 2016, we’ve put together a compilation of some of our favorite observations of these wonderful “head-footed” animals from the deep.
Clownfish Laying Eggs
Living among the tentacles of the anemone, the clown anemonefish gains protection from predators—which don’t dare get near the stinging protector.
Females lay few hundred or thousand eggs (depending on the species) during the full moon. Male takes care of them until they hatch. Incubation lasts between 6 to 10 days and ends with huge number of young clownfish that appear usually 2 hours after dusk. Interesting fact about clownfish is that all eggs hatch as males. When the female in the group dies, dominant male undergoes sex change and turns into female.
Location: Wakatobi Dive Resort
A closer look at the Flamboyant cuttlefish, one of the freaks of nature that you can see diving around Puerto Galera
The Seahorses of Puerto Galera
A selection of seahorses that can be seen scuba diving in the Puerto Galera area.
Fighting Robust Ghost Pipefish
Robust Ghost Pipefish usually hang vertically in the water, not moving, pretending to be a bit of Sea Grass.
Here we have two males (the two smaller Pipefish) fighting over a female (the lager one with the lager pelvic fins). It was fascinating to watch and I ran out of bottom time before I could see who won.
Filmed at Pante Parigi, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi
Depth 21 metres
Music: Tony Byker
by: Rokas L
Fish can be terrifying and scary, but Waterwanted.ru has captured this cute couple of walking frogfish that’s also a perfect example of evolution. Frogfishes generally do not move very much, preferring to lie on the sea floor and wait for prey to approach. However, once the prey is spotted, they can approach slowly using their fins to walk along the floor! Frogfishes can be found in nearly all tropical and subtropical oceans and seas around the world. They are small, short and stocky, and sometimes covered in spinules and other appendages to aid in camouflage.
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