Saturday, May 31, 2014

2nd Atomic Sub undergoes sea trials

Bull Ray gets cleaned

Things I never knew: 1) Bull rays intelligent enough to present themselves for cleaning at stations. 2) There was something called a "bull ray"

Bull Ray gets cleaned from Anita Ong on Vimeo.

What is killing Caribbean corals? Investigating a devastating coral disease

A (funded) project to study coral death.

What is killing Caribbean corals? Investigating a devastating coral disease. from Experiment on Vimeo.

Sister Whale

The sperm whale was always my favorite. One makes an appearance while photographers are posing an octopus for pictures.

Sister Whale from Rick Morris on Vimeo.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Water and Wind

Awesome shots of sea life and probably some parasailing.

Water & Wind from Eugenia Loli on Vimeo.

TED: wiring an interactive ocean

"If we would know the oceans, we must go to the oceans". The TED Talk by John Delaney about building an underwater network of cameras.

Mar Mujer (Ocean Women)

A project for development in Peru that involves empowering women by having them tell their stories, these "Ocean Women".

Mar Mujer (Ocean Women) from WAVES for Development on Vimeo.

Beautiful Leopard Whipray

The Leopard Whipray. Who knew?

Beautiful Leopard Whipray from Anita Ong on Vimeo.

HD Parachute Windsurfer Ocean Surfing Venice Beach Waves

Short clip of a sport that looks like you can do "yourself", without someone's boat to pull you. Bucket list!

Protecting the Smalltooth Sawfish

About NOAA's efforts to manage the sawfish which exist along human settlements and in shallow mangrove seas in southern Florida.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Eel Attack: August 1: Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013

Eel vs. Squid, in a short, and actually boring match.

Sea Dragon, under the sea

A sub called the Sea Dragon makes a trip from the Arctic ice to San Francisco.

Penguin studies!

The Tracking Magellanic Penguins project at successfully reached its goal in 2012. (But I just discovered it). The project site has a way you can in theory get access to their lab notes. And you can of further go crazy with penguin studies at the Penguin Sentinels Project at the University of Washington.

Tracking Magellanic Penguins from Experiment on Vimeo.

March of the Sea Hares - Maui, HI - 2012

Here is a view of sea hares, aka Aplysiomorpha. Amazing stuff. It's the kind of creature that, if you saw in a sci-fi movie, you'd demand the firing of the special effects crew for lack of imagination and understanding of basic biology.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Unchanging Sea (1910)

The classic 1910 silent film based on the poem, "The Three Fishers". Brought to us by our friends at

Ocean Roar

A really cool race for lifesavers, the Ocean Roar competition from Surf Lifesaving Queensland

Ocean Roar from Rawsports on Vimeo.

Octopus' Junkyard

Close-up footage of an octopus, with implications he has a junkyard nearby.

Octopus's Junkyard from Laura James on Vimeo.

Washed up seastars at Brace Point, near Seattle Washington

Dead starfish on the beach, with thoughts about the effects of pollution.

Washed up seastars at Brace Point, near Seattle Washington from Laura James on Vimeo.

A Line in the Sand

An artist makes a pattern in the sand, and invites the ocean to erase it.

A Line in the Sand from Gerda Liebmann on Vimeo.


The guitar shark really is one of those creatures that you did't believe when you first read about it in a book. Here it is, allegedly. ;-) From Ras Muhammad National Park in Egypt.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Devil Monster (1946)

A monster preys on peaceful fishing villages of the Southeast Pacific. The full one-hour movie brought to us by our friends at More about the history of the film is at wikipedia.

Allison the Sea Turtle

A poem about an introspective sea turtle.

Allison the Sea Turtle from Aaron Philips on Vimeo.

Okeanos, 4/24/12, Gulf of Mexico

Interesting Mexican crabs and walking fish from footage from April 24, 2012 of NOAA's Okeanos exploration of the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ocean Drifters

All about plankton. The history of their science, importance, and beautiful footage. Produced and directed by Dr Richard Kirby (Marine Institute Research Fellow, Plymouth University).

Ocean Drifters from Plymouth University on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Working with Colombian whale watchers to protect humpback whales

An ongoing project to tie whale tourism with scientific research and protection.
Lab notes are already available to the public, which doesn't happen very often with projects.

Conservation of humpback whales in the Colombian Pacific: Integrating research & whale watching from Experiment on Vimeo.

Eyes under water

"Some of these creatures down there never even see the light of the sun." An old educational TV show, this episode touching on sea creatures. Interesting view of old-time diving suit in use.
Here's an old newspaper ad describing what Kiernan's Kaleidoscope was about.

I wanna go surfing.

A trip from home to the shore to surf.

I wanna go surfing from Anna Shchemeleva on Vimeo.

Beach on a dull day

"Southend Beach, Essex, UK on an overcast and dull day" What a beach looks like in the UK. It's interesting how little of the popular culture of this island nation is about its beaches.

Friday, May 23, 2014

From the Perspective of a Beach Towel

Towels never get to play. :(

From the Perspective of a Beach Towel from Val Douroux on Vimeo.

Mexican Sardine Run Pelagic Life

This is one of my favorite views of all underwater life: sharks, seals, and tuna taking swipes at a sardine ball.

Sustainable Oceans: Micronesian Outer Islanders Hold a Key

This Indegogo project will work with islanders to find sustainable fishing practices in Micronesia.

Underwater video of fish assemblages using baited cameras in the Perth C...

Again, more fascinating fish identification footage provided by the Department of Fisheries of Western Australia. Good for any fish ID test. From Perth Canyon, Western Australia.

The Power of Ocean Waves

A (funded) project to harvest wave energy for people, "Can we solve future energy and freshwater crises with the Power of Ocean Waves?"

Can We Harness Ocean Waves to Power Your Home? from Experiment on Vimeo.

Moments of Sicily

Great views of beach life-- the shore-- and surrounding towns in Sicily. First appearance of a donkey in this blog.

Moments of Sicily from Arvids Baranovs on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Diving Bali - Reef Seen

Great high-res closeups of coral and other critters on a reef in Bali.

Diving Bali - Reef Seen from Sander van Schie on Vimeo.

Washed up

A mysterious device washed up on the shore.

Washed up from Matt Devir on Vimeo.

TED: Save the oceans, feed the world!

The sea can produce enough protein if we protect it.

Hugs and Drugs from Sea Slugs -- Patrick J. Krug at Mindshare LA

Important lecture on how we can get medicines from sea life.

Team Gulf & The Hermit Rescue Project

Rescuing hermit crabs from the oil spill in the gulf.
You can learn more about the project here.

Team Gulf & The Hermit Rescue Project from Eugenio A. Salazar on Vimeo.

Underwater video of Dunsborough artificial reef

Watch as an artificial reef slowly takes to life over time. from the Department of Fisheries WA. You can see more about their efforts here:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

An even better blog.

I found a blog with a similar layout to this one. With the exception that as far as I can see, that blog is all the video footage produced by one diver. Check it out.

Anote Tong: President, Kiribati

The President of the Republic of Kiribati talks about what rising sea levels will mean to his island nation. Plus great underwater footage. This video was submitted to theBeneath the Waves Film Festival

1 - Anote Tong: President, Kiribati / Lifelong Fisherman from Conservation International on Vimeo.

Wallaby Jim of the Islands

The full one-hour film about a diver who finds a stash of pearls, but harvesting them is hampered by a pal's gambling problem. Preserved for us by our friends at

Dragons Of The Sea

Just in time for monster movies, a real horror crawls out of the sea. The iguana.

Dragons Of The Sea from on Vimeo.

A Rainbow Colored Fish

A video about mandarin fish in Yap, Micronesia by Mark Thorpe.

"A Rainbow Colored Fish" from liquidmocean on Vimeo.

TED: a shark-deterrent wetsuit

Using patterns, not weaponry, to deter sharks.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Allied Convoy Battles Axis, 1942/07/13 (1942)

First-person-shooter views of a WWII battle in the Mediterranean, then a celebration. The Malta War Museum has more info on the fight.

SURVIVING THE FIVE GREAT CAPES - Karen Thorndike's story

She's sailed all five capes, solo. A kickstarter project to document the sailing career of Karen Thorndike.

Endangered Species Day

NOAA talks about some of the successes of the Endangered Species Act.

One Minute with Wesley Potts

Surfing some killer waves in Cape Town, South Africa.

One Minute with Wesley Potts from Daniel Grebe on Vimeo.

Portrait Of A Surfer

What makes a surfer go.

Portrait Of A Surfer from Stéphanie Oppenheim on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hawaiian Sunset

Some cheesy piano music laid to compression-artifact-laden video footage of Hawaiian sunsets.Goodnight.

Water Bunker

Guys working on a water bunker in Malaysia

Water Bunker from Matt Jones on Vimeo.


A kickstarter project to build a special kind of boat to clean up the seas.

TED: Paul Snelgrove: a census of the ocean

In this TED Talk, Dr. Paul Snelgrove of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, talks about the benefits of taking a census of the ocean.
The COML was undertaken and there is a video gallery on its web site, and the book Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count was published.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dumbo Octopus

NOAA's Okeanos dive found the "Dumbo" octopus in the Gulf of Mexico. (This is also a test of the embed feature for Instagram-- I may delete it if it isn't universally viewable).

Pig Fish.mp4

Something that may or may not be a seahorse.


Stunning footage of swarms and swarms and swarms of living things in the ocean at Baja.

BAJA from Erick Higuera on Vimeo.

Manta dive (Kona, Hawaii)

A nighttime dive with mantas and fish that sparkle, at Kailua.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Runaway Glaciers in West Antarctica

This is one of the animations from the recent West Antarctica Media Teleconference by NASA about rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline". A news story is also here, and the 90 minute press conference is also on youtube.

The SeaQuestor Flyer Submarine

A kickstarter projects to take people on rides in a new kind of submarine.

Expedition Amelia: Finding & Documenting Amelia's Electra

A kickstarter project to find Amelia Earhart's plane!

American Pacific, The Northwest

A kickstarter project to fund a film to document the wildlife and people of the Pacific Northwest. The short film has some nice ocean footage.

Life on the abyssal floor (1970)

Great footage (from 1970!) of sharks and other creatures attracted to a baited camera on the ocean floor.

Windsurfing Boundary Bay

Windsurfing in Canada

Windsurfing Boundary Bay from Torva Industries on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

l'église sur l'océan - The church on the ocean

A kickstarter project to document "the only Christian church in Hossegor, the surf capital of Europe." Interesting views of European surf culture.

US Carrier Fight for Life (1942)

Play-by-play description of a U.S. aircraft carrier in a battle with the Japanese in WWII.

Octo pretending...or imitating

An octopus doing a rather lame job of trying to camouflage itself as kelp. Here, it's interesting how it's using behavior as much as color or anything else.

Octo pretending...or imitating... from Diver Jackie on Vimeo.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Windbag the Sailor (1936)

A full 80 minute film, Windbag the Sailor, preserved for us by our friends at

Leopard Seal Looking for Emperor Penguins

He's looking for something to eat, for sure.

What's Happening Flagler

A tourism ad for Flagler County, Florida, but we don't mind.

What's Happening Flagler from CycleHere Media on Vimeo.

Baited underwater video from the continental slope, Abrolhos Islands.

I've generally been trying to stick to Creative Commons licensed videos for this blog, but I'll make an exception for this one. First, it was provided as a public service by a government agency, the Department of Fisheries of Western Australia. Second, it is vastly informative.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale

The plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale. Efforts to save them from fishing gear entanglement. This film was honored at the 2013 Beneath the Waves Film Festival

Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale from Jeffrey Mittelstadt on Vimeo.


Stunning cave diving footage from Yucatan Playa del Carmen

Riders Of The California Surf - assembled (1947)

This is one of the classic films about the science and art of surfing, including how boards are made. Yes, it's silent.

Diving, Tulamben, Bali 2013

A 36 minute epic journey thoroughly documenting the sea life seen while scuba diving in Indonesië, Bali, Tulamben.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fish Species Attracted to a Baited Remote Underwater Video System

Here's a case where scientists tracked all the fish seen in underwater cameras in New Zealand.

Undersea Kingdom ep 10

In Episode 10, Crash Corrigan has to deal with "Altantis Destroyed".

selsey sea life

In which we are introduced to an English cuttlefish that appears to have made a home in something like a shopping cart.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Green Beret Amphibious Training

Unnarrated footage of green berets training. Full title: "Green Beret Amphibious Training, 10th Special Forces Group, 12/01/1970 - 12/05/1970 (December 1, 1970)"

Grabby Octopus

Excellent reference footage for your next monster movie, showing what it's like when an octopus grabs the camera.

Puerto Galera - Monkey Beach Dive

A scuba trip in Mindoro

Puerto Galera - Monkey Beach Dive from martin bates on Vimeo.