Oil From BP Leak Threatens Life on a Nearby Seamount

Jun 22 2010 Published by under Environment, Streaming videos

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In 2002, ocean explorer Gale Mead was the first person to see and film the profusion of life 200 feet down on Salt Dome Seamount -- just 16 miles from where the BP oil well is now gushing out of control. Mead (daughter of oceanographer Sylvia Earle) describes the corals and fish she saw and the devastation that the oil is likely causing in a place that no other human has ever been.

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Life in the Aphotic Zone

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This fascinating video captures a glimpse of the weird and wonderful animals that live in the aphotic zone. The aphotic zone (aphotic from Greek prefix ἀ- + φῶς "without light") is the portion of a lake or ocean where there is little or no sunlight. It is formally defined as the depths beyond which less than 1% of sunlight penetrates. Consequently, bioluminescence is essentially the only light found in this zone. Most food comes from dead organisms sinking to the bottom of the lake or ocean from overlying waters.

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TEDTalks: Edith Widder: Glowing Life in an Underwater World

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Some 80 to 90 percent of undersea creatures make light -- and we know very little about how or why. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder explores this glowing, sparkling, luminous world, sharing glorious images and insight into the unseen depths (and brights) of the ocean.

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Deep Sea Creatures, Part 2

Feb 13 2009 Published by under Biology, Fish, Streaming videos, Zoology

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Thanks to one of my readers who wishes to remain anonymous, I have the great pleasure to own this fascinating BBC documentary, The Blue Planet [Amazon: $38.99], about those amazing creatures that live thousands of feet beneath the waves. I think you would love this series as much as I do. Narrated by the amazing David Attenborough [8:21]

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Deep Sea Creatures, Part 1

Feb 12 2009 Published by under Biology, Streaming videos, Zoology

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Thanks to one of my readers who wishes to remain anonymous, I have the great pleasure to own this fascinating BBC documentary, The Blue Planet [Amazon: $38.99], about those amazing creatures that live thousands of feet beneath the waves. I think you would love this series as much as I do. Narrated by the amazing David Attenborough [10:17]

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The World's Smallest Seahorse

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Satomi's pygmy seahorse, endemic to Indonesia, is one of the world's tiniest seahorses. Two adults would fit head-to-head across the face of a penny and their offspring are each about the size of a 12-point apostrophe.
Image: Stephen Wong and Takako Uno/National Geographic.

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Under the Sea in 3D

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Thanks to the wonder of the blogosphere, I have been invited to a screening of the new film, Under the Sea 3D on 4 February 2009 -- below the fold is an interesting interview with the filmmakers along with a teaser for you to enjoy .. By the way, do I have any NYC readers who would like to come along? It is at 7pm on 4 February and I am allowed one guest .. (creeps need not apply) [2:53]

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Wild Ocean at AMNH

Jan 18 2009 Published by under Biology, Streaming videos

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I watched this film a couple days ago when I visited the AMNH, and then a reader and friend found this video on youtube -- so of course, I had to share it with you! [3:33]

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Galapagos

Oct 28 2008 Published by under Biology, Fish, Nature, Streaming videos

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This stunning video documents the undersea life of the Galapagos Islands -- and just when you think it can't get any better, the whale shark appears .. Music by Hans Zimmer [7:10]

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Fiddler Crabs

Oct 16 2008 Published by under Image of the Day, Invertebrates

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Fiddler crabs, photographed at Bolivar Flats, Texas,
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 22 August 2008 [larger view].

Nikon D200 ,Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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