Here are just some of the fascinating creatures that live in the oceans all around us. Feel free to send us your film footage/video or any related articles.
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Hawaiian Monk Seal at Kaena Point on the North Shore of Hawaii. The monk seal is a critically endangered species ...
Under the Seas
Life Of Oceans - Documentary by National Geographic (44:59 minutes) - Scientists use new deep sea technology to research the valuable unknown-world under the seas which has never been explored before until now. Jaw-dropping footage...
- Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo. ...View
- Dolphins surfing at Jeffreys Bay – BBC ...View
- NOAA Fisheries Service: Northeast Regional Offfice ...Read More
- Great Barrier Reef – (Australia) home of the amazing marine life living under the seas – wonders of the natural world ...View
- The Strangest Sea Creatures ...View
- Killer Whales with their babies ...View
- Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles – Honu of the island ...View
- Extreme Animals! Surfing with and tagging a Sea Turtle ...View
- Survival IQ - Description of saltwater animals that are dangerous to handle, touch, or eat ...Read More
- Wikipedia/Mollusca - Anatomy, classification, evolution ...Read More
- Weever Fish - Poisonous Mediterranean fish can attack and even kill you…watch out ...View
- Honu Hula – Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles - Aloha ...View
- Should we be afraid of the Great White Shark? Mmm ...View
- Oh no, wrong fish! The dog can take em’, good boy Buster! ...View
- Global voice for whales, dolphins and their environment…you can help…Read More
- Great Barrier Reef (Australia) amazing footage to see…more fun to be there ...View
- Bull Sharks ...View
- Sea lions surf too…500lbs! ...View
- Seals and Sea Lions – some great photography shots ...View
- Seal playing around with a Starfish…a short clip but feels like you’re there ...View
- Dolphins have supernatural unseen powers and hearing. Watch this! ...View
- Talking with baby sea lions ...View
- Scuba dive down and swim with the Sea Lions in Peru ...View
- Sea Lion Irish Dance Contest in Sea World ...View
- Portuguese Man Of War (blue bottle) Although they appear to look like a Jellyfish at a glance, they have a appearance of a big bubble on the top of the water and their tentacles hang below the surface…quite painful if stung by one ...View
- Portuguese Man of War…keep your distance ...View
- Our friend, the nice Manatee ...View
- Extreme Animals: Giant Octopus…extreme footage ...View
- Shark vs. Octopus – National Geographic ...View
- National Geographic: Caribbean, teaming sea life...View
- Banded Sea Snake – Wakatobi, Indonesia ...View
- Leatherback Turtles in French Guiana ...View
- Sea Otters like to hold hands too ...View
- Vampire Squid (3200 Feet Under Sea Level) amazing ...View
- Sea Dragon…short film clip but cool under there ...View
- Sea Horse swimming in Tailand ...View
- Sea Horse…(hippocampus abdominalis) ...View
- Sea Horses…close up of their natural beauty ...View
- How to identify the Great Barracuda ...View
- Hammerhead Sharks – awesome filming of this mysterious species ...View
- Hammerhead Sharks –in Jonathon Bird’s Blue World – learn all about them ...View
- Great White Sharks – it’s a good thing they don’t like us…. ...View
- Green Sea Turtles – some excellent film footage showing the serenity of their world ...View
- Sea Turtle – vivid film clip, only 28 seconds but worth seeing the close up ...View
- Sea Turtles - Learn more about the sea turtles and help save them...Read more
- Helium - take a look ...Read More
- Anemone Fish -aka; Clown Fish, Nemo - amazing little ones they are, see how they live...View
- Aquatic Acoustics - Cetaceans as top predators of the ocean have evolved for millions of years, they depend on their acoustic perception of the environment > Hear what they hear...Read more
Did you know the Box Jellyfish in Australia can cause death within two minutes if not treated immediately with medical help?
The Sailfish is the fastest fish in the ocean, can reach speeds up to 68 miles per hour (110 kilometers), grow up to 10-feet long (3 meters) and weighs in at up to 220 pounds. (100 kilograms)
These beasts are blue to gray in color and have white underbellies with a long protruding bill equivalent to a spear. They usually keep their spear alongside turned in toward their body until they are ready to attack. Luckily, they feed only on octopus, squid and some smaller fish, not humans. They change colors to confuse prey and to warn the school they travel with, that they are raising the spear and going into attack mode. It is so sharp that it could easily cause danger to another Sailfish with speeds like this.
Prized as a trophy game fish for their large size, a distinctive spectacular dorsel fin that stretches nearly the length of their body, and the fierce vigorous fight they put up when hooked, sometimes taking hours to land one. They are not widely eaten as the meat is quite tough.
Sailfish are a bountiful species and found in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific near the ocean surface, and are not on the endangered species list or any special programs.
Manta Ray -
The Manta Ray (aka; stingray, devil ray) is the largest of the rays with the largest known to man spanning 25-feet across (7.6m) and weighing up to 5000 pounds (2300kg). They roam the tropical waters throughout the world, usually around the coral reefs.
Only large ocean predators mainly prey on the Manta, like hungrey sharks and orcas. They use their large wings for defense to pack a powerful punch though. With 300 rows of peg-like teeth, these gentle giants are considered harmless unless provoked or startled. Their non-functional teeth are not used for feeding, they are filter feeders that use protruding fins on the head (which look like horns) to funnel plankton-rich water into the mouth through gill rakers that filter the plankton out for meals.
Mantas are extremely curious and frequently befriend scuba divers. They are known to breach the waters and soar into the air.
These majestic, gigantic, powerful, graceful and magnificent sea creatures are on the red list of endangered species.
Porcupine Puffer Fish -
The Porcupine Puffer Fish has 10x's the poison amount of cyonide, enough to kill 30 humans. They are deadly only when you eat them, not when they bite.
The Puffer fish grows up to twelve inches long and are a pale brown color with brown, white or black spots and a fan-like dorsel fin. They are loaded with spines that lay down when not inflated or puffed up, which is where they got the name from. Puffer fish are also called blowfish, toadfish, swellfish, balloon fish, globe fish, and fugu among a few others. Fugu is the flesh of this Puffer and is widely popular in Japan. The skin is editable, but must 'only' be prepared by a skilled and trained cook or the poison can be ingested and the meal will turn deadly. (I'll skip this one on the menu)
As a defense when they need to inflate, their spines stand up erect blowing them up several times their size into a big round ball of sharp pointy porcupines to out-do the predator (fake out to scare off) ...or it will prove to be an extremely painful meal for the other guy.
Equipped with a strong nerve poison called Tetradotoxin, this poison is not harmful to other ocean species, but deadly to humans.
Hammerhead Shark -
Hammerhead sharks are found worldwide in warmer water along the continental shelves. There are nine known species and they range in size from 3-20-feet (0.9-6m), and weigh 500-1000 pounds (450kg). These sharks have an unusual and distinctive structure to their heads, which is flat and laterally extended with projections far reaching out on each side of the head. The eyes and nostrils are set on the ends of these projections.
Hammerheads have extra-sensory perception with nasal tracts that are larger than other sharks, giving them an accelerated ability by at least 10x's to hunt out hidden prey and mates more easily than other sharks.
Hammerhead sharks are aggressive hunters. They will attack stingrays (Manta Rays) which are a favorite meal for them, pinning the giant winged fish to the sea floor with their wide head. Fierce as they are, they do not seek out humans but will become extremely defensive and attack when provoked. Very few human attacks have been recorded, they avoid us. Other than mantas, they prefer squid, crustaceans and octopus in the food chain.
During the day these sharks are known to form groups of schools from 100-500 strong, while in the evening they become solitary hunters like other sharks. Out of nine Hammerhead species (all bearing the same resemblence), there are three that are considered dangerous to humans. They are the Scalloped, the Great and the Smooth Hammerheads, with the first two named on the red list of endangered species.
Sharks: Don't swim at dawn or dusk, in murky water, on overcast days or months during floods. Avoid meal time.
Blue Whale -
The Blue Whale is the largest whale, the largest mammal, hence believed to be the largest animal to have ever existed, larger than the largest dinosour to have ever lived on the earth. Long and slender in comparison to other large whales, they can grow up to 200 short tons (181 metric tonnes) or more, and 110-feet (33.6 metres) in length. Blue Whales are various shades of blue-gray in color and lighter underneath. They survive on small crustaceans known as krill, small fish and squid.
Usually cruising at about 12 miles per hour (19.3km/hr), the whales can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour (50km/hr) when alarmed, and swim in nearly all the oceans of the world. Blue Whales make deep rumbling sounds that travel over hundreds of miles, allowing them to communicate with low-frequency sounds that can be felt as much as heard.
When Blue Whales surface to breathe, they raises the shoulder and shoot an explosive blowhole of water with a force greater than other large whales, the vertical column blows up to 40-feet (12m). Blue Whales have twin blowholes.
Blue Whales were abundant worldwide until the 20th century. For over forty years they were hunted. Their numbers are small now and they are on the endagered species black list.
Humboldt Squid -
The Humboldt squid has an intimidating appearance with a nasty reputation. They have 36,000 teeth in total, collectively from each of their suction cups. A fish-shredding machine at its best. These squid can be sized normally up to six-feet plus long and weigh over 100 pounds, a rare 1000 pounder is the largest known on record. They grow up to 100x's faster than a human would grow in one year, equivalent to a human baby growing to the size of a Blue Whale in just 24 months.
There is no life form on this planet more alien than the Humboldt squid, they are lethal, and definitely capable of eating a human being. They collect and like to live in Baja, Mexico's Sea of Cortez. We don't know why.
For perspective, their anatomy basic facts are truly remarkable. Humboldt squid have huge black eyes and a sleek, rubbery body with two stabalizer fins at one end that taper into a nest of eight arms, with two longer tentacles at the other end. Its arms are lined with suckers, which are ringed with razor-sharp barb wire spiny teeth, and in the heart of the tentacular mass is an eerie looking articulating rapid flesh-tearing beak that is sharper than a filet knife. Spooky.
Very little is known about the squid or it's life cycle, they live hard and fast for about a year swimming the Baja's Sea of Cortez and California, but are also appearing farther north in depths of 660-2300-feet ((200-700 metres), with speeds of 15-29 miles per hour and are believed to be extremely intelligent, or equivalent to as smart as a dog. They thrive with an insatiable hunger which drives the squid to eat just about anything within it's sight that it can grab, and they ruthlessly have cannabalization parties among themselves, often whipping into frenzies. Creepy.
They are not very fond of humans so far. Scientist scuba divers who are in awe of these sea creatures (a few), that are willing to descend to the depths to find and confront the Humbolt squid in an effort to learn more about this species, have some brutal reports on their aggressive nature. They jet-in with an assembled Humbolt posse, sneak attacking from behind as others pile on, with full intentions of an initial brutal squid beatdown - like a bar room brawl. They will wrap around you and pull you down fast, 40-feet plus fast, into the depths before your air can adjust in the blink-of-an-eye. Scary.
After being mugged and mauled by a bunch of squid, slammed, pummeled with a deliberate hostility, bruised and smacked around awhile, (hopefully, thats all) while you're choking for air with blown ear drums, now they pickpocket you. Petty theives they are, these killer jumbo squid have been known to steal cameras, lights, jewelry, and anything else they can take, while the whole time the Humboldt are communicating, changing colors and flashing eerie messages of red and white, squirting this ink to cloud their prey - you, in this instance. Its like Star Wars under there.
The Humboldt squid population thrives in the Sea of Cortez with astounding numbers. They move in shoals of up to 1200 individuals. Hammerhead sharks and Big Fish sporting is popular in these waters which has fished down the predators that prey on squid in the food chain, leaving the Humboldt to thrive.
These elusive and mysterious jumbo killer Humboldt squid, nicknamed the 'red devil', are night hunters and surface up from the deep to feed in the blackness of night, easily lured up to the surface by lights. They spend most of their lives deep down in the dark depths of the ocean. We still don't know what they do during the day.
Maybe they group up, attack and are so aggressive because of all the jigging we do, whizzing them up out of the deep ocean in the dark of night pulling them up onto boats, (just don't fall in) while they put up the fiercest, most ferocious fight of their life, scooped right onto dinner plates all over the world. After all, they are a highly intelligent species.
The Fierce Humboldt Squid, see them in action - 10:03 duration...View
Watch divers with heavy gear on, go under with the Humboldt...View