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
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
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