Flamboyant Cuttlefish footage from Malaysia

The flamboyant cuttlefish is pretty small - about the length of a hand - but its intense colours and spearing proboscis make it utterly mesmerising. This vid does a great job of showing off its colours, even more so...

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Jellyfish sting timed at 700ns

The sting of a jellyfish has been shown to be one of the fastest processes in the whole of biology. Using a super-fast camera technique German researchers have found it can fire off in just 700 nanoseconds. Via The Register...

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Leatherback walkabout - 5000 miles and counting

An astonishing 5,000-mile journey by the first giant turtle to be caught and tagged off the British Isles has excited scientists studying the endangered creatures. For eight months marine biologists have been tracking a 65st [413kg - Ed.] leatherback sea...

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Diving Krakafat, Witu Islands, Papua New Guinea

The top of the sea mount lies at around 25 metres. It’s about the size of a football pitch, fairly flat, and slopes steeply at all sides down to hundreds of metres. The whole of the reef top is covered...

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Diving with a great white

A very cool video shot by some guy who thought it was a good idea to while away the minutes of, well, September 28, 2004, by spending a few minutes in the water with a Great White Shark. A questionable...

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Diving with Humpback Whales in Tonga

The most memorable and exciting part of our trip was seeing a humpback whale mother and her calf while snorkelling, for the first time. We ended up seeing the whales under water every day of our trips, 7 days in...

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Weedy Sea Dragon coverage

As well as a very thorough and evocative write-up, Jane has some truly spectacular photos of these amazing creatures which are so hard to find because they blend in with seaweed so perfectly (hence their name). Honestly, it's enough to...

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Diving with dolphins in the Bahamas

One of the all time favorite marine animals for many is the dolphin. Previously, the closest one can ever get to a dolphin is at the various marine theme parks like Sea World. Then a few dolphin research centers started...

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Fish Watching for Beginners

People dive for different reasons and one of the main reasons is to watch the fish. But, many divers show little interest in the beginning, because they think they have to memorize a bunch of confusing scientific names. Also, there...

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Giant octopus attacks mini submarine

Underwater footage from the incident shows the octopus attacking the sub, first by attaching a couple of arms to an underwater cable. The octopus then reached another one of its eight arms out to grab the vehicle.A nervous Mike Wood,...

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Great White Shark Dive Videoblog

Our Gadling friend Jon Rawlinson is at it again. Last time it was the Autobahn. This time, Jon takes on a great white, and took his camera underwater with him during a recent shark dive off the coast of Cape...

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Narwhal horn mystery solved

The narwhal has a tooth, or tusk, which emerges from the left side of the upper jaw and is an evolutionary mystery that defies many of the known principles of mammalian teeth. The tooth's unique spiral, the degree of its...

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Ever Wonder What the Diving in Kona is Like?

Steve owns a dive charter operation in Kona, Hawaii called Wanna Dive. In addition to diving, being married, and running a business, he somehow finds time to blog about the diving in and around Kona. What immediately struck me about...

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Diving Yap and Palau

We are lying belly-down, a few inches above the top of a wall, holding onto rocky knobs and ledges to steady ourselves in the surge. The site is called Vertigo, appropriately, and we are gathered in a semicircle, facing the...

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Diving the Galapagos islands

Some consider the Galapagos the premiere spot for seeing large marine fauna. Seeing pelagic species so close to shore is more common in the Galapagos than most any dive site in the world. Like the animals on land, the animals...

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Diver Survives Great White Attack

This morning, Australian media is reporting another shark attack. It seems that Brian Williams was diving with a small group about two miles off Perth. Apparently, Williams was separated from the other divers in his group, when he was attacked...

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Fantastic whale shark footage

It's shot by Nick Hope, an underwater photographer based in Phuket. You can see the whale shark clip online at Google Video, and Nick has several more great underwater clips available on his own site Bubblevision, which are also free...

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Shark vs Octopus in Mortal Combat

A public aquarium was experiencing mysterious deaths and decided to set up an overnight video camera to find the culprit. They ended up capturing some of the most amazing footage ever seen by this humble scuba diving enthusiast. Truly jaw-dropping....

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Twin strobe photography

I was very fortunate to have another photographer (Flann Horgan) along on my last trip. He swooped in and got these shots of me with the Ocean White Tip, not a very friendly shark. I never quite realized how...

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Dancing with Wolf Eels

The attraction here in the murky depths are wolf eels. Lots of wolf eels, we lost count at 10. They have condos in the hard sandstone/mud walls along the lip. I had brought a bag of old chicken to see...

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Whale Sharks In Thailand: Where To See Them

Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world, growing up to a staggering 15 metres in length. yet they are completely harmless to humans and one of the most amazing underwater sights for scuba divers in Thailand.Whales sharks are...

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Manta Rays off Koh Lanta

It was a case of third time lucky. I'd been to Southern Thailand's twin pinnacles of Hin Daeng and Hin Daeng twice before, eager to see the manta rays that frequent the two dive sites. I'd heard plenty of stories...

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Top Travel Stories and News from 2005

This giant squid off the coast of Japan was the first ever to be captured in photos while in the wild. Other tops stories from National Geographic's Top Ten News Stories of 2005 include the King Tut exhibit, the bursting...

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Giant Squid Redux

Here’s a related follow up to previous posts about the giant squid. Seems the Aussies have found a way to freeze the poor dead squid so it shows through. Personally, we prefer to look at live animals, but since...

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China blamed for Japans giant jellyfish invasion

Japanese government backed scholars have said an unusually large drift of jellyfish that has hurt Japans ocean fishing industry this year may come from the mouth of the Yangtze River and other Chinese waters....

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Broody squid carry their eggs in their arms

A broody species of squid has been found to carry thousands of its eggs under its many arms. It is the first species of squid known to look after its clutch. Previously, it had been thought that squid would...

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Ocean census reveals weird and wonderful

About 1700 researchers in 73 countries are now halfway through the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year project which aims to catalogue the life in our oceans - from the tiniest microbes to the biggest whales. In the past...

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Where are all the critters going?

Marine Census Shows Diversity, Declines A massive census of all the fish and other marine life in the world’s oceans has reached the halfway point with new evidence of the rich diversity under the sea along with warnings about...

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Migration of green turtles 1955 - 2003

During 1955-2003, flipper tags were attached to 46,983 green turtles and ten turtles were fitted with satellite transmitters at Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Eight satellite-tracked turtles stayed within 135 km of the beach and probably returned to nest after release....

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Basking shark granted international protection

The basking shark has been granted international protection, following an agreement of world leaders at a conference in Kenya in November. The world’s second-largest fish is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List – the World Conservation Union’s...

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Giant jellyfish invasion off Japan, China and South Korea

Giant jellyfish called Echizen kurage have invaded territorial waters off Japan, China and South Korea, prompting a top-level summit to deal with the menace. Nearly 2m wide and weighing 200kg, with countless poisonous tentacles, they have drifted across the...

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Swimming With Giants

Monty Halls went on a whiz-bang, 10-week ‘round-the-world-trip with Full Circle Expeditions to dive with some of the world’s biggest animals and film the experience for the UK’s Channel 5. I don’t know what Channel 5 is, exactly, but I...

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Two-headed marine turtle found in Costa Rica

A deformed two-headed olive ridley sea turtle hatchling was found on a beach on Costa Rica's northwest Pacific coast, leading experts to believe that contaminants, increased temperatures possibly resulting from climate change and other factors may be at play....

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South Africa: Faulty tag blamed as Great White shark slips away

Researchers tracking the Great White shark that was tagged in False Bay on Saturday could not locate it on Monday because of a fault with the acoustic tag.They were unable to pick up a signal, said Mike Meyer of...

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Scuba With Mantas in Hawaii

Following up on our recent post about snorkeling in Hawaii, here’s a good eco-formational piece/travelogue by Alissa Everett, who recently went swimming with manta rays off Hawaii’s Keauhou Bay. Once labeled “devil fish” by sailors who feared the horn-like features...

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Scuba Diving in Sodwana

I had an awesome holiday in Sodwana Bay last week. The holiday consisted of scuba diving, braaing, and lots of drinking! :)Swimming with a school of dolphins has to be one of my highlights. We were on our way to...

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