Marine Life

Swimming Frogfish

Posted by OK Divers

The best couple ever. Very lucky video I hope you will enjoy.

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.

360° Great Hammerhead Shark Encounter

Dive into this 360° video and go face to face with a curious great hammerhead shark.

Produced by BLACK DOT FILMS VR for National Geographic Partners.

Ocean Shark Shipwreck 360°

Watch this amazing VR 360° film in 4K resolution. Please subscribe us if you want to watch more 360° videos in highest resolution.

Credit: VR 360 Videos

Ocean Requiem

Ocean Requiem from Howard Hall

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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Please support BlueVoice.org in their marine mammal conservation efforts.

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.

Credit: OceanFuturesSociety

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.

Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/life

Gigantic School of Rays

by: HDNationalGeographic

Possible the biggest school of Mabula Ray ever recorded in Sea of Cortez, Mexico.

Dugong

Great Video of Dugong by Haoward Hall.  Busuanga Island is one of the few places where dugongs can still be seen. This video was made possible with the support of the Dugong Dive Center, El Rio y Mar Resort, and the Philippines Department of Tourism.

Celebrating Cephalopods

Video by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Published on Jun 17, 2016

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

by: Scubamama

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

Celebrating Cephalopods

by: krstianm

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

by: krstianm

A selection of seahorses that can be seen scuba diving in the Puerto Galera area.

 

Fighting Robust Ghost Pipefish

by: liquidguru

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

Walking Frogfishes

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.

MORE ON FROGFISH

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.

Oceanic Aliens

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.

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