Monday, June 30, 2014

Mola Mola at Crystal Bay (Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia)

Mola Mola in Indonesia. If I were a shark, this would probably be the tastiest meal ever.

Mola Mola at Crystal Bay (Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia) from Jieming on Vimeo.

Dolphins and Octopus and a lovely Saturday on the Pacific ocean and Philippine sea.

Interesting camouflage exhibited by an octopus. A Moorish Idol, and as promised, dolphins.

Dolphins and Octopus and a lovely Saturday on the Pacific ocean and Philippine sea. . from Mark James on Vimeo.

Melibe leonina - Melibe/Lion's Mane Nudibranch - Cuddle Puddle

This is not plastic garbage. It is a nudibranch. I bet if these things were bigger, they'd be the first to go after human swimmers.

Melibe leonina - Melibe/Lion's Mane Nudibranch - Cuddle Puddle // Breakwater - 7/9/13 from Patrick Anders Webster on Vimeo.

SharkQuest Arabia

A project to fund production of videos of sharks in the Middle East.

A Symphony of Sharks

An introduction to just about all the sharks there are, perhaps at least the ones managed by NOAA Fisheries.

15 Seconds Of Winter.

Just 19 seconds, but worth it in seeing some great surfing footage in Capetown, South Africa. A few frames of black things in the water-- are seals watching them?

15 Seconds Of Winter. from Daniel Grebe on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quy Nhon Timelapse

Time lapse of the seaside in Vietnam

Quy Nhon Timelapse from SECRET LAB on Vimeo.

My Fresh Fish Everlasting Ocean

Beautiful and informative video about mankind's efforts to feed ourselves from the ocean, from an Indonesian perspective, and in the Indonesian language, but with English subtitles.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ocean Sampling Fukushima Radiation

How scientists at the Woods Hole Institute are studying the radiation contamination of the ocean due to the Fukushima accident in Japan.

Ocean acidification - what does it mean for shellfish?

A serious look at acidification, from the viewpoint of what effect is has on the business of shellfish farms. It's not always about the concerns of fish-kissing hippies.

Ocean acidification - what does it mean for shellfish? from Cawthron Institute on Vimeo.

When research efforts collide: leatherbacks

The organization Florida Leatherbacks successfully ran project at to study leatherbacks. The operation was suspended when a petition was filed by the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, according to a blog post at Florida Leatherbacks. I don't know enough to take a side in the controversy: I'm just here to share videos about science & beauty of the sea.

Deciphering the Social interactions of California Sea Lions

This project will study what is the best way to reacquaint marine mammals with their peers in the wild after they've spent time in a vet hospital.

Deciphering the Social interactions of California Sea Lions from Experiment on Vimeo.

THE PACIFIC: The Warriors That HBO Forgot - Black Soldiers In the Pacific

Here is a slide show that highlights the contribution of African Americans to the US war effort in the Pacific theatre.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - 'Operation No Compromise' return to Hobart

Sea Shepherd Society talks about a recent campaign to save whales.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - 'Operation No Compromise' return to Hobart from Fair Projects on Vimeo.

Chinese Students at Sea. Tall Ships Regatta 2014 to London

These Chinese Students have started a kickstarter project to allow them to sail to London. The Kickstarter page has some interesting facts about Tall Ships.


Here's an amazing reef at Tiran Island in Egypt. Lots of little fish flitting about. Better than the reef scenes in "Finding Nemo."

Saving the most endangered seabird in the Americas

This video is associated with the project to evaluate the effect of new lighting that may alleviate the damage caused by bright lights. The researchers say that lights have harmed the birds.

Saving the most endangered seabird in the Americas from Experiment on Vimeo.

Research on Humpback Whale Mother and Calf Interactions

A kickstarter project to study mother-calf communication among humpback whales in Hawaii.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Underwater Filmmaker by Matthew J Clark for Puget Sound Starts Here

The passion for underwater filming.

Underwater Filmmaker by Matthew J Clark for Puget Sound Starts Here from Laura James on Vimeo.

Coral Nursery Initiative Indiegogo Campaign

One (of many) reasons to support this Indegogo program is that I once snagged a fishing line on one of these while fishing in Naples, FL. A coral that looked exactly like the ones pictured here. At first I thought it was a tree.

Nice coral garden and meeting with Turtle face to face

This Egyptian turtle looks like it's had a rough life, seen at Woodhouse Reef in the Red Sea.

Cleaning the Infidel

These divers are cleaning junk fishing nets off of the Infidel, off of Catalina Island. The Vimeo page says that "tips" on the video can help pay for more diving.

Cleaning the Infidel from ptyx on Vimeo.

Do turtle shell abnormalities indicate poor health?

An project to look at whether the "presence of shell abnormalities in turtles can be an indicator of poor health." The video below is a trailer for a film by the organization associated with the chief researcher here. See also the full film at Papa Tortuga Fernando Manzano from Elise Wilson on Vimeo. Also see more at at web site for the project at

Field Update: Surveying Bottomfish in Hawaii

An update on how NOAA is using ROV's to study bottomfish in Hawaii.
Starts with just a bubble, ends with all kinds of seafloor creatures in St. Croix.

St Croix Scuba Diving from Andres Garcia on Vimeo.

Sebastes mystinus - Blue Rockfish / Aumentos - 9/2/13

A peaceful school of rockfish. Too peaceful. Shouldn't they be eating something?

Sebastes mystinus - Blue Rockfish / Aumentos - 9/2/13 from Patrick Anders Webster on Vimeo.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Senegal's Catch Of A Lifetime - English version

The government of Senegal canceled licenses of foreign trawlers, and the local, subsistent fisherpeople saw a record catch. How can that be?

IGFA Great Marlin Race

A crowdrise project to fund a "race" that is really about collecting data on Marlins.

WHAT IS THE GREAT MARLIN RACE? The IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR) is a partnership between the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and Stanford University that pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the basic biology of marlin and how they utilize the open ocean habitat.

Diving in Amobon, Indonesia at Maluku Divers

A survey of shrimp in Indonesia.

Maluku Muck, Diving in Amobon, Indonesia at Maluku Divers from Tom Thurman LIFEImagery LLC on Vimeo.

Ocean Driven

This is a kickstarter program that ended already, but even this teaser video has some amazing footage of big waves in surfing competitions.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cordell Bank: A National Ocean Treasure

A visual argument as to why Cordell Bank off of California deserves to be a National Marine Sanctuary.

Red Tide Causes Bioluminescent Ocean

It's just six seconds, but shows a wave lit up by bioluminesence.

Bermuda Zoological Society's Reef Watch 2014

A crowdrise project to fund the Reef Watch race.

REEF WATCH has been developed to be an annual community environmental monitoring fundraising project run by Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS). It supports on-going management of the Bermuda Reef Platform by mobilizing and training volunteers, BZS members, students, interested naturalists, recreational fishermen, lobster divers, boaters, etc., on a one day event to identify and record key reef species. 

Padre Burgos - Sunok Dive

Scores of different schools of little fish dancing around, including Moorish Idol, in the Phillipines.

Padre Burgos - Sunok Dive from martin bates on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hawksbill Turtle Goes for Lunch in the Cayman Islands

After a few seconds of blackness, a hawksbill turtle eats.

Hawksbill Turtle Goes for Lunch in the Cayman Islands from Ocean Frontiers Ltd. on Vimeo.

Ophiodon elongatus - Lingcod - "There's always a bigger fish..."

Just some lingcod hanging out, trying to avoid the paparazzi.

Ophiodon elongatus - Lingcod - "There's always a bigger fish..." / Monastery North - 11/24/13 from Patrick Anders Webster on Vimeo.

Saving Sea Turtles

If you ever wondered how they improve the designs for turtle excluder devices.

Jellyfish dance

This is the first time I have ever typed these two words together: Israeli jellyfish.

The Jellyfish dance from Hagai Nativ on Vimeo.

Xmas Reef Colorful Dives - Point Loma kelp Beds

Beautiful footage of colorful reef (Xmas Reef, natch), off of San Diego

Xmas Reef Colorful Dives - Point Loma kelp Beds from Diver Jackie on Vimeo.

A kicktarter project to fund some fun and educational videos about the ocean for children, by a real live mermaid!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Into Da Curl Gurlz

A kickstarter project to document the women surfing community in Oregon.

Guadalupes Great White Sharks

This is the coolest footage I've seen of great whites hanging around shark cages.

Guadalupes Great White Sharks from on Vimeo.

Around the World Under the Sea

A kickstarter project to fund production of a video series about what can be learned while scuba diving.

Greenland - Pioneering Nation

So THAT's what Greenland is like. I think it was portrayed as a hideous wasteland in some of those 19th century seafaring novels I read.

Greenland - Pioneering Nation from on Vimeo.

Mid Morning Killing Spree

POV footage of a morning surf, with French music in the background.

Mid Morning Killing Spree from Dead Reckoning on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whale Shark Documentary

A documentary on whale sharks in Qatar. Learn about the little fish that tag along next to the sharks in this 28 min film. Fascinating as much for the zoology as for what it tells us about Qatar. Did you know that the state of Qatar, a sovereign Arab emirate, has a Minister of the Environment? Look at the lab techs!

WHALE SHARK DOCUMENTARY from Mark Barrs on Vimeo.


This is a behavior I'd never seen before-- a ray hiding on the bottom, covering itself with sand.

Sharks at Madivaru Corner

A pack of grouper peacefully hanging out. Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives (video by Yury Podymakhin 20/03/2013)

Science Nation - Coral - White Pox

An investigation into coral bleaching.

Slowing down the Ocean

Going tubular with a wave, seen in slow motion.

Slowing down the Ocean from Alex Watson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This video studies the paintings of sea life by a famous Russian painter, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. A big "hello" to all our IRC visitors!

Aivazovsky – Painter of the sea from ikonoTV on Vimeo.

Sex in the sea: Uncovering the mating behavior of Giant Sea Bass

A (funded) project to study the mating behavior of Giant Sea Bass.

In the bedroom with Giant Sea Bass: Investigating mating behavior of an endangered megacarnivore from Experiment on Vimeo.

Mother Sea Turtle Lay Eggs

Well, that's all she's doing here, is laying. But if you need to see what's involved, here's some footage. At Nagata-hama in Yakushima.

Sister Sea Lions Swimming Underwater!

Frolicking sea lions.

God in the sea

Mythology about the ocean, and video of a guy enjoying snorkeling in Hawaii.

God In The Sea from Samuel Nowack on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Underwater Dust Mop

I never saw a sea cucumber "in action" before. Alki Beach, Seattle.

Underwater Dust Mop from Laura James on Vimeo.

Turtles in the Deep: SciFund Challenge

A rockethub project to collect data on how sea turtles are feeding in the open ocean.

Scaleworms hate tubeworms

Fighting on the ocean floor.

NOAA: Bluefin tuna

About the efforts to get bluefin tuna protected under CITES.

Rest for Your Soul (2009)

13 minutes of serene views of the beach in Panama City Beach, FL.

Reef CI June 2014

A beautiful collection of animals seen of the shore of Belize, including a lion fish and lobster.

Reef CI June 2014 from Dan Stone on Vimeo.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Journey across the Ocean!

An Indegogo project to document windsurfers in Morocco.

A tool to measure the ocean: The Mooring

Launching a mooring to study the ocean.

A tool to measure the ocean: The Mooring from Benjamin Harden on Vimeo.

Song: Deep Sea, by Awkword

Celebrating World Oceans Day by embedding a song (alas, not a video!) to the blog. I just like embed codes.

I Love the Ocean - Long Version

This model says, "I love the ocean." But I said, "Me likes the ocean" first.

I Love the Ocean - Long Version - GH4 4K + SLR Magic Anamorphot from Orlando Benedicto on Vimeo.


A (completed) kickstarter campaign about a tribe in Borneo that appears to be very comfortable with the sea.

Kailua One Afternoon.... in HD

Lanikai Beach on May 4th, 2006.

NASA | Massive Phytoplankton Bloom Discovered Under Arctic Sea Ice

Video footage and animations of measurements of a phytoplankton bloom in the Arctic Ocean.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

VISIT FLORIDA: Flagler Beach Day Trip

Why you'd want to visit Flagler, Florida, which is something I'd like to do again.

VISIT FLORIDA: Flagler Beach Day Trip from CycleHere Media on Vimeo.

Calculating the Toxicity of Plastic Ingestion to Sea Turtles

This funded project at sought to determine a "risk assessment model to communicate and address the ecologic and toxic risks faced by Pacific sea turtles". Lab notes will be available.

Is Plastic a Chronic Killer? Calculating the Toxicity of Plastic Ingestion to Sea Turtles. from Experiment on Vimeo.


On the training of new recruits to the U.S. Navy in World War II, recruits who are able to spend a few minutes surfing.

Sperm Whale Heaven

Again, the sperm whale was always my favorite. It kinda makes one gasp to see it floating there so peacefully.

Sperm Whale Heaven from J J King 2 on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

World beneath the sea (1920's)

A 1920 educational film about various invertebrates in the sea. Amazing they could do so much back then, with the photography.

Feeding seagulls

I believe that this was one of the first "ocean" videos I found at Some beach people feed seagulls and enjoy the thrills of interacting with unpredictable wildlife.

Free diver on the Brisbane ex HMAS in Mooloolaba

One thing this video teaches me: real shipwrecks are far more cool than anything I'd ever seen in a movie. Queensland, Australia.

Free diver on the Brisbane ex HMAS in Mooloolaba from Anita Ong on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Why "open source" videos?

Numerous web sites offer all kinds of inspiring and educational videos on all kinds of scientific topics. The University of California, San Diego, for example, has a whole set of videos on Oceanography, Marine Science, Marine Bioscience. The videos even contain "embed" tags which apparently invite you to insert them in your blog. But can you really do that? Picking one ocean-related video at random, Can You Hear Me Now? Coping with an Increasingly Noisy Ocean, starts out with the disclaimer, "This UC-SD TV program is a presentation of the University of California Television and is for educational and non-commercial use only." Wow. So making use of that embed code on a blog with ads, that would probably be problematic. Maybe a blog with no ads is problematic as well? If one goes looking around the UC-SD TV website for clarification, one can find this notice:
"No material from any Official UCSD Web site may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without explicit permission, except that you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices."
In other words, "Kids, get of my lawn, this site is run by the owners of a 1980's TV station!"

Consider the Tree of Life project, which offers a wonderful presentation on information about all kinds of animals. It contains a blanket license statement that reads,

"Most Tree of Life content is protected by copyright, and visitors to the ToL site may view, browse, and/or download these materials for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial, personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, displayed, published, or sold in whole or in part, without prior written permission from the copyright owner."
So how temporary, how non-commercial, how educational, how personal are the requirements? What a minefield! This reminds me of a kid who will have people over but won't let anyone touch his toys. Adding to the offense is that they have NOAA videos of fishes, apparently clamped down under this blanket license.

Similarly, the photo-sharing web site Flickr has had a "Blog This!" button prominently displayed on the page for every photo. Browsers of the site were invited by that button to take any image and blog it, by making use of the automated embed codes. It was one of the first and greatest implementations of the "Web 2.0" culture. However, some professional photographers complained that their work (which they themselves uploaded to a photo sharing website with "Blog This!" buttons) was being used on blogs without their permission. This was right around the time of the Yahoo! purchase, and Flickr eventually caved and said of course you had to ask permission before making use of any photo. Subtract some "point ohs" from Web 2.0.

All of these examples above end up creating a spirit of intimidation in the person who might try to exercise their fair use rights on a piece of video they've run across. Nonetheless, let it be said that I detest actual piracy. Alex Wild, a professional entomologist and photographer, has complained about repeated infringing use of his copyrighted work, often by pesticide companies. I support full weight of law to punish copyright breakers.

My solution is for us to try to find ways to commercially support those who offer their work under more loose terms, such as those provided by Creative Commons. For example, the attribution license says:

"This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation."
My publicizing the work of those who make high-quality, inspiring, beautiful, and/or scientifically informative videos of the sea, AND take a risk of giving away without the guarantee of a return, is one of the main purposes of this blog.

Why do you have some commercial things here, like appeals for funds for commercial projects?
I didn't say I opposed making money, I said I opposed setting up legal land mines that intimidate those wanting to make fair use commentary on materials that you uploaded. The person who creates a kickstarter project usually makes a really cool video about their passion, and I don't see how they would complain if I shared their appeal for funds. I don't think they'd object in the same way an underwater videographer would if I "embedded" his or her entire "All Rights Reserved" library to a blog. The latter has the right to decide how their materials are used. I have the passion about supporting those who make "freely available" videos.

Pacific Tuna On The Line

A video by Greenpeace about concerns of overfishing of tuna in the Pacific.

Stellar Sea Lion haul-out

A few hundred Stella Sea Lions hang out on a river bank in Alaska.

Stellar Sea Lion haul-out from Bob Miller on Vimeo.

Big field of anemones at Orimas Thila

Anemone captured in perfect lighting in the Maldives, at Orimas Thila

Dogface Puffer Fish

A Black-Spotted Puffer fish minding its own business at the Kandholhudhoo Thila Ari Atoll Maldives

Plastic Patrol

A kickstarter project to send a drone to look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. One of the interesting things is the project page also includes a video of an fish that appears to have made its camouflaged home in a floating piece of garbage. Makes you wonder about the manner in which we should "undo" the patch, if we were ever able to do so.

TROYS UNDERWATER WORLD - Southern California Sea Life

A kickstarter project to create a DVD that "promotes, educates and inspires others to protect the fragile ecosystem of the underwater world in So Cal." Some interesting footage in this teaser video itself of seals.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Octo hatch 9/11/2013

Baby ocotopi hatching. Can you say, "Squee"? The videographer also has a little statement about care of the ocean on her vimeo page for the video.

Octo hatch 9/11/2013 from Laura James on Vimeo.


Divers spend 7 hours with a humpback mother and calf. I think I've seen more footage of these sea creatures on Vimeo and YouTube than I have in a typical nature documentary.

Sanctuary from J J King 2 on Vimeo.

Scuba diving in Bermuda - the wreck of the Lartington and Montana/Nola

Through a steady stream of bubbles, we see exploration of shipwrecks in Bermuda, including the Lartington

A Pacific Northwest Clamtastrophe!

A (funded) project to look at how burrowing clams respond to predatory crabs. Will Japanese clams not know how to save themselves from an American predator? (I can't bear to watch!)

A Pacific Northwest Clamtastrophe! from Experiment on Vimeo.


A kickstarter project to film penguins. It was successfully funded; work apparently underway.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Red Sea Snorkelling in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Snorkeling in Egpyt. I see our favorite Sergeant Majors.

Red Sea Snorkelling in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. from Jordan Mary on Vimeo.

Ocean Engineering

MIT's Ocean Engineering Department discusses ocean resource development

Ever wondered what it feels like to climb the mast of a tall ship?

They credit the Royal Thames Yacht club and Jubilee sailing trust.

Ever wondered what it feels like to climb the mast of a tall ship? from Dan Ellis on Vimeo.

The Kook Kanook

Features "Hilarious exploits of a Canadian learning how to surf in Bondi, Australia".

Sonata Ocean Series 3 TEASER

A surfing contest in India. Always suspected there ought to be a surfing culture in every country touching the sea.

Sonata Ocean Series 3 TEASER from Sebastian Vilarino on Vimeo.

>Manatees - Snorkel & Kayak

Two words: Florida Manatees.

Manatees - Snorkel & Kayak from Eric Falconi on Vimeo.