“Although they look noticeably different from the other sea-dwelling animals, they’re doing their best to fit in.” Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary short film which about a terrifying undersea killer that is 100% man-made. Created by Hot Fuss Films for the sustainable living organization The Global Goals.
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The Backyard Scientist has a penchant for dangerous, yet impressive experiments. In this clip, he takes to his swimming pool with a contraption that’s designed to blow perfect bubble rings, but instead of just filling them with oxygen, he introduces some propane, so when hit with an electric charge, they explode.
Diver and underwater photographer Catrin Pichler introduces us the costasiella kuroshimae, also known as the “leaf slug” or “leaf sheep.” These tiny and unusual marine creatures bridge the gap between plant and animal, as they perform photosynthesis by storing the chloroplasts in the algae they feed on.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) introduces us to one of nature’s weird and amazing creatures. The lampocteis cruentiventer aka “bloody-belly comb jelly,” is notable for its iridescent ctenes, which help it swim and eat, along with a blood-red belly which conceals any bioluminescent prey that it eats.
Take an up-close and personal look at one of nature’s many strange undersea beasties. This carnivorous nudibranch from the Melibe genus was recorded off the coast of Indonesia as it used its giant oral hood to gulp down tiny creatures as it slithered along the ocean floor.
When young, the striped eel catfish likes to stick close to its siblings. In fact, they travel so close together that they look like some kind of larger creature made up of smaller creatures. The Abyss Diving School Bali shared this incredible footage of a school of the fish as they made their way across the ocean floor in Jelemuk Bay.
When shooting photos underwater, there’s often a hazy blue-green layer that gives everything a murky look. Engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak has developed an algorithm which digitally removes that tinge, allowing images to appear sharper and more brilliant than ever. Read more on Scientific American.
We already know that octopi are incredibly smart creatures. What we don’t know is if their big brains dream like ours. In this fascinating footage from Nature on PBS, we witness a octopus changing colors as she sleeps, while the narrator imagines what she might be dreaming about.
After a team of underwater researchers set up shop at the bottom of the ocean, an earthquake strikes and threatens to destroy their laboratory. But it turns out that maybe they really just angered some undersea monster by drilling into its home. Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, and Vincent Cassel star in this popcorn horror flick.
While raising awareness for the Marine Conservation Society of the United Kingdom, wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and photographer Dan Abbott went for a swim along the coast of Falmouth, England, when they came across an incredible sight – an enormous barrel jellyfish, measuring an estimated 5 feet long.
At first glance, this might look like a sheet of discarded plastic floating around the ocean, but what you’re looking at is a Leptocephalus, a young eel that is transparent when in its larval stage. The footage was captured by HRF Underwater Productions off the coast of Bali.
Science Friday introduces us to marine biologist Kim Stone, who specializes in cultivating a diverse array of living coral reef for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Beyond maintaining captive environments, her team is working to improve life for coral in its natural habitat.
Incredible footage captured along a hiking trail at the Recanto Ecológico Rio de la Plata in Brazil. The area flooded after a river overflowed during a heavy rain. Thanks to the huge volume of crystal clear water, the path, trees, and vegetation were completely visible underwater.
It took a trip 4000 feet under the sea off Baja California, Mexico to witness these New Year’s fireworks, but the payoff was worth it – as the lights of the E/V Nautilus‘ remote-operated Hercules submarine revealed the colorful tentacles of the Halitrephes maasi jellyfish.
Scientist Dr. Jon Copley set out on an expedition to head more than 3200 feet below the icy seas of Antarctica, something never before achieved. The amount of marine life they discover is truly astounding and humbling. Video by BBC Earth and Alucia Productions.
An underwater drone that can record videos at 4K/25fps, stream at 1080p and shoot at up to 5fps. Its 12MP camera is mounted on a 2-axis gimbal for smooth shots. It works up to 98ft away, and lasts up to 2h per charge. It also has an optional fish-finding module.
BBC Earth returns to the seas 16 years after The Blue Planet, but with the today’s camera tech, it’s sure to blow our minds like Planet Earth II did. The 5-minute short teases us with some of the incredible sights to come, and is set to a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead.
An action camera designed for divers. It has large buttons with haptic feedback, automatic color correction based on your depth, and lets you overlay the time, depth and temperature in your videos. It uses a 140º lens with LDC, and shoots 720p/1080p/4K videos and 8MP stills.
A remote-controlled underwater drone which allows you to capture full HD video (4K model also available) and 16 MP stills using its waterproof camera and LED lighting. It comes with a 30m (~98 ft.) tether, but can be upgraded to operate at depths up to 100m (~328 ft.).
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