Ocean Life

This Young Diver Has A Gift For Connecting With Sea Turtles1m30s

This Young Diver Has A Gift For Connecting With Sea Turtles

Everyone loves sea turtles and the lucky few actually get to see one in the wild. But what if you could swim beside one and understand how it feels to truly connect with one of the ocean's most beautiful creatures? Imagine how it would feel if the turtles actually approached you, allowing you to put your face within inches of theirs as you looked into their eyes. Serena is a young diver who experiences this on many of her dives. She started scuba diving at the age of 13 and it was immediately clear that she had a true gift for putting the underwater animals at ease. Now 19 years old, she has logged over 100 dives and continues to impress her family with her remarkable ability. It is not uncommon to see Serena slowly making her way toward a turtle that is eating or cruising along the reef. Her calm and gentle approach seems to reassure these creatures enough that they carry on without being concerned. They will often look at her curiously and sometimes they will simply act as if she is not there. What is truly remarkable about Serena though, is that turtles will often come swimming toward her from a distance, making a beeline to see her up close. Or if they are swimming with her, they will actually circle her or adjust their course to move closer. Serena's family even call her the "Turtle Whisperer". This video shows her swimming face to face with a Hawksbill Sea Turtle, a critically endangered species that is usually shy in nature. It also shows a young Loggerhead Sea Turtle that emerges from the vast blue of the open ocean, making a curved arc to swim directly up to Serena. These turtles are also very rare and the young ones are very wary of people. Serena can be seen connecting with a Green Turtle that came up from its resting spot on the coral reef to have a closer look. It was so curious that it made a complete circle around her before returning to the reef. Another Hawksbill looks at Serena and then continues to eat before it swims directly under her to explore the reef for more sponges. The last Hawksbill glides slowly along,keeping pace with Serena at no more than two feet away. All of these turtles were close enough for her to touch them, yet they were completely relaxed. Serena proves that being respectful, patient and gentle in your approach will allow you to connect with wild animals in a way that most people only dream about.

Fearless diver swims underneath cave in one breath36s

Fearless diver swims underneath cave in one breath

It's clear that GoPros are all the rage nowadays, and it's no wonder – because of their awesome filming capabilities the internet is swarmed with videos from all kinds of activities – from the mundane mountain walks that thanks to this camera look surreal, to adventurous and breath-taking underwater cave diving. Here we see a diver that mounted a GoPro to a broken fishing pole with some bamboo in order to capture a breathtaking clip as he swims beneath an underwater cave in only one breath! Would you ever try something like this? His adventurous spirit Is something we admire, although these kinds of videos should be made with extreme precaution. He must be very experienced and clearly knows what he's doing, but this kind of stuff isn't recommended for amateur. He gives us a quick glimpse of the vivid underwater world in Laguna Beach, from corals to sea weed, and it all looks incredible. Just nature in all her glory. Filmed in Laguna Beach, California, a place that is known for a mild year-round climate, scenic coves, environmental preservation, and artist community. And now, for the amazing GoPro underwater videos of it's scenic ocean life. The coolest thing ever! Enjoy!

Published: February 8, 201819,353 plays$27.54 earned
Stingray Jumps Onto Ramp At Maldives Resort To Get A Treat1m13s

Stingray Jumps Onto Ramp At Maldives Resort To Get A Treat

As far as thee deep blue goes, for those of us who happen to live close to the shore or even visit over the summer, we've been told to always keep an eye out for all the dangers that the big blue has to offer. Not to go fire off into the ocean due to deep waters and all mystery that might hide within. Especially stay away from any big fish and never, ever, do you go in the water if you see something that has a huge fin on its back. For some of us however, it is the urge to get close up and personal with the threat in the hope to achieve great rush and adrenaline and feel more alive then ever. These people are usually the ones that you see on TV possibly under the accident part of the show or even sometimes under the hero's list. There is really no telling what is going to happen once you actually get this close to such a powerful being such as the Stigngrays. Stingrays are usually very docile and curious, their usual reaction being to flee any disturbance, but they sometimes brush their fins past any new object they encounter. Nevertheless, certain larger species may be more aggressive and should be approached with caution, as the stingray's defensive reflex (use of its poisoned stinger) may result in serious injury or death. Stingrays are not normally visible to swimmers, but divers and snorkelers may find them in shallow, sandy waters, more so when the water is warm. Take a look as this guy gets close enough to share hugs with this Stingray and the bond between them!

Motorcycle that belonged to Grateful Dead lies 50 feet under water1m17s

Motorcycle that belonged to Grateful Dead lies 50 feet under water

There is a quiet reef off the shore of the little town of Akumal, Mexico. It has beautiful stretches of white sand, gorgeous coral structures and it is home to colorful fish and sea turtles. But there is one dive site there that has become famous for a very unique reason. It is also home to a motorcycle that was submerged in the 1980s with the intent of creating a picture for an album cover for the rock band, The Grateful Dead. Having belonged to the band itself, this bike was actually driven around mexico by band members prior to becoming and underwater attraction. Akumal is known for one of it's more lavish homes, Casa del Sol, on the edge of Yal-Ku Lagoon in Akumal, which was also owned by the Grateful Dead. Tourists from all over the world visit Akumal for its quaint atmosphere, authentic restaurants, spectacular diving and snorkeling. While they are there, it is very likely that they will also hear stories about the band and their attachment to Akumal. One of the most well known stories is that of the submerged motorcycle that lies on the sand fifty feet down on "Motorcycle Reef". The motorcycle remains upright, (perhaps with a little help from divers and some coral props) despite the waves and the storms that have swept through in the thirty years since the motorcycle was sunk. Divers are eager to see the motorcycle and take a picture. Most have straddled the bike for a chance to "ride" the same motorcycle that was ridden around Mexico by the famous band in the 1980s. The motorcycle has deteriorated over the years and rust has taken its toll. The handlebars fell off around 2012 and have since washed away or become buried under the sand. But as the metal corrodes, the bike has actually become the structure that supports coral and barnacles. What might be regarded by some as litter on the ocean floor, is actually a habitat that has become the start of a new coral head. In years to come, the motorcycle will not be visible beneath the creatures that live on it. This motorcycle has been photographed by thousands of scuba divers who either seek it out intentionally or who just happen upon it.

Divers put in danger when surrounded by hungry sharks56s

Divers put in danger when surrounded by hungry sharks

Caribbean Reef Sharks grow to an impressive 9 feet in length and can weigh almost 300lbs. They are all muscle and teeth with a brain that thinks of little, aside from food. Although they are not known to attack humans often, it is unnerving to have them suddenly appear and surround you while you are 70 feet below the surface. Reef sharks are opportunistic feeders and they simply do not regard humans as food, but their curiosity about scuba divers is definitely food driven. Spearing fish and feeding sharks has become a more common practice among divers and guides looking to create an unforgettable experience. It brings the sharks close for a view or for photographs that can be very exhilarating. This practice is risky, however, and divers are well advised to never intentionally feed a shark. Divers in this group are on a wall dive on a nearly vertical section of coral reef near the world famous Blue Hole. They entered the water as a group and let the current carry them for what was agreed upon as a 45 minute dive along one of the most picturesque sites in Belize. Their boat will be waiting at a predetermined location to pick them up at the end. What was not planned for was that the group ahead of them, from another boat, was spearing Lionfish. Lionfish are an invasive species that divers spear and kill in an effort to remove them from the reefs. They are voracious eaters and have no predators in the Atlantic. Left alone, they are extremely destructive to an ecosystem. The practice of feeding Lionfish to hungry sharks is a very dangerous one, however. These sharks are actually swimming around divers, in between, and under them, looking for a meal. Their behavior has completely changed at the smell of blood and in response to other sharks that have sensed the chance for food. This change greatly increases the risk of aggression toward humans, as well as the risk of a bite. Stimulating the feeding response in such a potentially dangerous creature is simply looking for trouble. It was a surprise in this case to see such a large group of sharks appear so close. These divers know that their best approach is to move closer together, stay calm, and stay vertical. Going to the surface will actually place them at greater risk, as the sharks are more likely to mistake their silhouette above as food. When the dive was over and the divers waited at the surface, the group ahead was talking about spearing fish and feeding the sharks. They had obviously decided to accept the risk, but they had placed others at risk unknowingly. They are contributing to learned behavior that could have disastrous consequences for both people and sharks. Wild creatures, especially predators, should always be treated with respect and caution. Most shark bites are a direct result of foolish behavior.

Diver's magical interaction with endangered sea turtle is no accident1m27s

Diver's magical interaction with endangered sea turtle is no accident

Serena is a young biology student who has swam among the sea creatures and coral in Mexico, Belize and Cuba. One of her favorite underwater animals is the sea turtle. On her adventures, she has met Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles and a few of these incredibly rare Hawksbill Turtles. They are critically endangered. On this dive in Akumal, Mexico, she was cruising over the reef, peering under coral ledges and looking around the sea fans. When she saw a Hawksbill Turtle in the distance, she slowly made her way over and was able to get very close. It may not be obvious, but her approach was very carefully planned to put the beautiful creature at ease. The first thing Serena did was to move lower in the water to the same level as the turtle. She moved slowly around to the front where the turtle could see her clearly without feeling pinned between her and the reef. Predators, such as sharks, attack from above and behind in a way that is designed to prevent being seen until the last possible moment. Serena's approach allows the turtle to get a good look at her and make its own assessment of her intentions. She hovers at a respectable distance with her arms in and carefully uses only her fins to adjust her position. Even her breathing is slow, despite her excitement. Her desire to touch the turtle is obvious when she opens her hands and extends them toward it invitingly, but she allows the turtle to make the decision. After a magical moment where the two stare into each other's eyes, the Hawksbill decides that there is no threat and it continues looking for coral and sponges to nibble on. Surprisingly, the Hawksbill even swims right below Serena as it turns its eyes back to the coral. In doing so, the turtle put itself close enough to Serena that she could have easily touched it. Serena again moves lower and to the left to avoid seeming like a threat directly above. The pair continued to swim together over the reef for almost ten minutes, allowing an interaction that few people are lucky enough to ever experience. Like all sea turtles, this Hawksbill is capable of short bursts of speed that could instantly take it far away from her. The fact that it continued to glide slowly along, completely comfortable with the interaction provided Serena with one of the most peaceful and emotional experiences possible for a diver. We rarely give animals enough credit for their intelligence, perceptiveness, and ability to communicate. We are now starting to understand that without words, animals must use many other cues to interpret meaning and intent from the actions of other animals. Small movements, gestures, distance, and even our breathing will tell an animal more than we expect. We can also learn a lot when it comes to interpreting an animal's behavior and comfort level. A careful and respectful approach will create a completely different encounter than a careless one.

Check Out This Amazing Drone Footage Of Two Massive Whales Roaming Ocean Waters3m26s

Check Out This Amazing Drone Footage Of Two Massive Whales Roaming Ocean Waters

This video proves in great measure the wonders of the sea. Take a look as these two great whales make their way on a surface of not more that 400 meters from shore line and catch the view of this drone camera. They are glorious creatures indeed! This stunning video shows two Humpback whales cruising around the Hawaiian coast. The footage was shot off the islands of Kauai and the Big Island over the course of three months using an aerial drone. Many whales, especially baleen whales, tend to migrate long distances from their cold-water feeding grounds to warm-water breeding grounds each year. They travel alone or in groups, or pods, on their annual migrations. Toothed whales often hunt in groups, migrate together and share young-rearing duties. It’s difficult to grasp a sense of perspective against the deep blue Pacific ocean, but these humpback whales are definitely huge creatures. When fully grown, they can be up to 19 meters (62.5 feet) long and weigh over 36 tonnes (40 tons). Although they can be found roaming throughout most of the world’s seas, they tend to migrate to tropical waters during the winter. "The hardest part about filming whales is finding them. They often just come up for air and dive down," Jordan, 24, told IFLScience. "They are pretty easy to spot when they come up for air. If you look out at the water for a half hour you will probably spot one." What a spectacular view to see these whales splashing their fins into the ocean and certainly having a great time!

Published: October 9, 201714,332 plays$18.11 earned
100 foot descent into the abyss of the Cayman Trench1m36s

100 foot descent into the abyss of the Cayman Trench

The Cayman Islands were formed millions of years ago due to volcanic activity and tectonic shifting. One of the deepest parts of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cayman Trough is an incredible 22,000 feet deep. The undersea walls around Little Cayman Island plunge 6,000 almost straight down. Divers can swim out over the edge and descend into an abyss that holds beautiful and mysterious sights. The usual fish are less plentiful this far from the surface but the wall still teems with life. Massive sponges of all colors thrive. These sponges attract the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle as it looks for food. Divers can only stay in this mysterious world a short time or they risk a dangerous increase in nitrogen levels in their blood. To give them more time at depth, they carry tanks of nitrox, a special gas with a higher oxygen concentration. Few people ever experience the tranquility and wonder of the world this far below the surface. It is both peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.

Published: September 19, 20171,961 plays$4.99 earned
Divers explore Kittiwake shipwreck on Grand Cayman Island2m05s

Divers explore Kittiwake shipwreck on Grand Cayman Island

While Brent and Elsa were vacationing on Grand Cayman Island, being divers they chose to dive the ship wreck Kittiwake. Below is some information about this incredible ship which now makes a great dive sight and artificial reef. On January 5th 2011, the Kittiwake (an ex USA Navy Vessel) was brought to the Cayman Islands and sunk to make an artificial reef off Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. When in active duty, the Kittiwake was a submarine rescue vessel. The Kittiwake was in service from 1945 to 1994, serving more than 50 years. After she was retired from duty in 1994 the Caymans Islands Government purchased her to make an artificial reef. In preparation for sinking the Kittiwake was cleaned of all chemicals and oils to insure that no pollutants could harm the nearby coral reefs, and had most of her internal fixtures removed to make the vessel as diver friendly as possible. The Kittiwake is a large vessel measuring 251 feet long, hosting 5 decks, and weighing 2200 tons. She sits in ~60 feet of water. Open water divers can swim the first three decks, and advanced divers can swim through all five decks. Some highlights of the dive include two recompression champers, which served the divers who got decompression sickness on the Kittiwake, the bathroom which still has mirrors so you can see yourself, and the mess hall which still has tables and chairs. Most of the Kittiwake’s missions are still classified to this day, however a quick search online gets plenty of hits to some of her adventures. Most notably in 1986 the Kittiwake recovered the Blackbox from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. The Blackbox was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. Today the Kittiwake lays in a marine park serving as an artificial reef. Divers and snorkelers are not allowed to take or touch anything in the marine park. To dive or snorkel the Kittiwake, you must go on a licenced vessel.

Diver captures underwater world of mystery and beauty2m02s

Diver captures underwater world of mystery and beauty

There is a mysterious world beneath the waves that is home to mysterious creatures and beautiful corals. Scuba diving takes the privileged few to a place that most people will never be fortunate enough to experience. It is a world of color, of mysterious creatures and breathtaking sights. There is a peace and tranquility in this quiet paradise that draws people to explore. A typical journey will take divers up to 100 feet beneath the surface and it can last as long as an hour. Their air supply and allowable bottom time pass surprisingly quickly and divers reluctantly make their way back to the surface.

GoPro captures extreme footage of salmon spawn55s

GoPro captures extreme footage of salmon spawn

Salmon in Lake Ontario make a remarkable journey every year to find the spot that they were born. It is here that the females will deposit eggs and the males will fertilize them. The Ganaraska River is a shallow tributary that runs into Lake Ontario and it is one of many rivers that are crowded with spawning salmon every August. Salmon have an incredible sense of smell and it is believed that their remarkable journey is guided by the memory of the scent of their birthplace. They are driven by an urge so powerful that for many, the August run will be their final act, as they expire within a week of completing their journey. In preparation for the migration, salmon change colors and stop eating. One of the most amazing changes is that the males will experience the growth of large canine teeth and hooked jaws, which aid in the battle for breeding rights.

Diver pushes his luck with aggressive reef sharks1m33s

Diver pushes his luck with aggressive reef sharks

Fishing is a pass time favored by millions of people around the world. Most people go for a little catch and release while a smaller group of people that hunt for fish. Well there is a less common way to catch fish and that is to do so while diving. This allows you to get other fish that you would otherwise not usually have the ability to catch. This guy goes into dangerous waters to hunt and hopefully catch some fish. Little did he know that he is not alone out there. Watch how he handles himself around some really petrifying sharks. Exciting and nerve racking at the same time! What would have you done if you were in this situation? Would you even be caught diving in the ocean? Check out this close call with reef sharks.

Shark swims under diver to photobomb moray eel video25s

Shark swims under diver to photobomb moray eel video

Moray Eels sticking out of their lair in broad daylight are an interesting sight for divers and one worth video taping. This diver was doing just that when a very curious shark squeezed between him and the coral to get a look at what was happening. The shark circles back and heads straight for the camera to have a sniff and a nibble before he cruises past another diver. Nurse sharks are gentle creatures that will often follow divers and swim among them for an entire dive. Possibly hoping for food, or simply curious and friendly, they are like the lost puppy dogs of the deep.

Divers find hiding creatures on ocean floor1m13s

Divers find hiding creatures on ocean floor

While vacationing on Grand Cayman Island, cameraman Brent had the chance to scuba dive at the Rivers of Sand dive site on the east end of the island. Along with beautiful coral heads and walls of colorful reef fish, the group had the opportunity to swim through an amazing tunnel. Descending to around 65 feet, the divers entered the tunnel one by one. Having great underwater lights, Brent was able to see a lot that others were not, this being a hiding lobster, as well as many other little creatures within the cracks. This is an amazing place to scuba dive and snorkel!

Divers explore mysterious Black Hole dive site1m19s

Divers explore mysterious Black Hole dive site

The Black Hole Wall dive site is one of Little Cayman's Island's many mysterious and beautiful spots that draw adventurous divers seeking the thrill of the deep. The abyss meets the reef at the edge of a dramatic 6000 foot plunge to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea's deepest trench. These advanced divers will only be able to descend 100 feet below the surface. They must carefully gauge their bottom time or they risk decompression sickness and disaster. But the unique and beautiful sights so far below the waves makes such a journey worthwhile. Divers who are lucky enough to experience this magical place are often reluctant to return to the surface.

Baby shark follows divers, gets scratch on the head42s

Baby shark follows divers, gets scratch on the head

Nurse sharks are like the puppies of the deep. They follow divers over the coral out of curiosity and the possibility of a free meal. These sharks will cruise around and among the divers and will often come right up to them. It's hard to resist giving them a little pat or a stroke as they swim past. This young diver did just that, scratching the young shark on the head and back. The little fellow stayed with the divers for an hour as they explored the reef.

Mysterious ocean tunnel leads to 4 mile deep drop off1m53s

Mysterious ocean tunnel leads to 4 mile deep drop off

High Rock Drop Off is located on the East end of Grand Cayman Island in High Rock dive zone. These divers from Canada experienced some incredible diving while on Grand Cayman and mostly were amazed and surprised by the number of tunnels and channels that lead out to the "deep blue'. Most of these tunnels are narrow and with limited light from above, require dive lights to make your way through. Feeling a bit uneasy at seeing no bottom once they exited the tunnel, they soon got use to the new experience. A great dive location and many new lessons learned.

Scuba diver comes across extremely massive clam23s

Scuba diver comes across extremely massive clam

While scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef out of Cairns, Australia, this diver comes across a GIANT clam. This monster is approximately 2 feet wide from hinge point to hinge point. He definitely wasn't about to test the theory of them grabbing your finger, so he observes from a close distance and records this very cool footage for you to enjoy.

Massive school of fish completely surround scuba divers55s

Massive school of fish completely surround scuba divers

While visiting Cabo Pulmo in Mexico, world renowned for its incredible scuba diving, these divers got to enjoy an unforgettable dip in the Sea of Cortez among hundreds of thousands of jacks - medium size fish that look much like a tuna. Once engulfed by this enormous school they appear to completely ignore the divers presence and carry on with their purpose, which is to stay in the group to avoid predators.

Mysterious tunnel leads divers over 6,000 foot abyss2m29s

Mysterious tunnel leads divers over 6,000 foot abyss

Little Cayman Island was formed when volcanic eruptions and tectonic shifts sent towers of lava and rock to the surface from one of the deepest parts of the Caribbean Sea. Home to unrivaled scuba diving, the allure of the vertical walls and abundant sea life draws thrill seekers from all over the world. Divers can drift out over a vertical drop that plunges 6,000 feet straight down into the vast blue. There is another way to reach the edge of the abyss, but it is not for the faint of heart. Follow Kristy as she leads us through a dark and mysterious tunnel in the coral that will bring us out 100 feet below the waves. The sea life and scenery this deep on the wall is breathtaking. She breathes nitrox in order to remain in this mystical world as long as possible. Such deep dives should only be done with advanced training.

Diver finds hidden treasures on Grand Cayman Island2m30s

Diver finds hidden treasures on Grand Cayman Island

Recently while the cameraman and his dive buddy enjoyed a week of scuba diving on Grand Cayman Island, they got to discover some incredible undersea treasures, including the unbelievable colors and sights of many coral gardens and a vast array or fishes swimming through tunnels and overhangs. The "rivers of sand" dive sight, where this was shot in the east end of the island, was just that - rivers of sand flowing between coral covered bommies making for some incredible footage!