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Scuba diver ridiculously photobombs epic lobster video57s

Scuba diver ridiculously photobombs epic lobster video

It's happened to all of us at one point or another. We've been taking pictures or video and somebody inadvertently gets into the field of view. It's only natural that whatever we are trying to capture on camera is interesting enough that others will want to see it too. And sometimes, their eagerness makes it difficult for them to notice that they are getting in our way. We've probably all been the culprits in such a scenario as well. And it's a very forgivable thing. Usually, these events result in an embarrassed laugh, an apology, and no harm done. It can even happen underwater, as it did with these scuba divers in the Cayman Islands. Our cameraman has patiently waited for the rest of his group to get a look at some large lobsters hiding in the coral. They are particularly big specimens, and their hiding spot is colorful. The lobsters have attracted a fair bit of attention. After everybody has had a peek and gotten their photographs, the videographer moves in for his turn, confident that he will not be in anybody's way as he gets a minute of footage. Through the hole in the coral, a diver can be seen making his way back to get another look. He rounds the coral head and looks directly at the camera. Surely, he see what's happening and will watch from a respectful distance. He then disappears out of sight. The cameraman focuses on the creatures in front of him and records happily. His first clue that something is amiss is when bubbles appear from directly below. Then, about 20 seconds later, he is bumped by the incoming diver's head and scuba tank. The diver has crawled along the sand, under the diver with the camera and has then come up along the coral to wedge himself between them. Startled, the cameraman lifts his fins and swims up and away from the diver below. His camera turns down and records the diver beneath him. In the scuba diving world, it is considered poor etiquette to intentionally swim under another diver, or into his or her fins. It is especially poor form to swim upward into their crotch, especially if they are in the middle of filming. this will result in a startled diver and the sudden disappearance of the subject animal. Convinced that this was an innocent mistake, our cameraman retreats to wait for another opportunity. But considering how close the diver was to the coral head, the incoming diver had to put some serious effort into coming between them. Photo bombing has actually become "a thing", and most scuba divers also have a healthy sense of humor. In this case, the cameraman looked at the footage later and shared a good laugh with fellow divers. But he can't help but wonder how this could have been unintentional. Either way, he got his footage in the end and it all worked out. No harm, no foul, as they say. Yet, the mystery remains. How could a diver put himself unintentionally in the middle of this video. It would be equally poor form to ask another diver: "Good sir, did you just intentionally swim down and under me to wreck my epic giant lobster video?" Perhaps those watching would be kind enough to leave a comment. Is this a scuba prank or an oblivious diver?

Divers explore the ghostly wreck of Russian destroyer gunship #3562m39s

Divers explore the ghostly wreck of Russian destroyer gunship #356

Eighty feet beneath the waves near Cayman Brac Island lies the wreck of Russian built destroyer #356. It was built in 1984 by the U.S.S.R. for the Cuban navy. Although it did not participate in any notable battles, it was a fully equipped gunship with turrets on the stern and the bow. It was sold to the Cayman islands in 1996 and sunk to create an artificial reef and dive exploration site. At that tie, it was renamed the Captain Keith Tibbetts in honor of a local dive operator. A carefully planned sinking, attended by Jean-Michel Cousteau, left the 330 foot frigate resting on a sandy area near the wall off the north side of the island. The stern is in 60 feet of water and the bow is 85 feet deep. The ship was broken and shifted during the pummeling of the coast by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. This left some of the ship’s structure scattered as debris in the sand. It also left the bow tipped over more dramatically. The ship has provided an ideal surface for the growth of sponges and coral. Together with the structure of the ship, this has drawn marine life such as small fish, barracudas, groupers, and even critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles. These rare and beautiful turtles feed primarily on sponges and the algae that grow on them. Scuba divers are also drawn to the Tibbetts, and exploration of the interior, known as penetration diving, is a fascinating experience. The ship has a mysterious and ghostly presence as one swims over it and marvels at the gun turrets, controls, and beams that are much as they would have been 35 years ago when the ship was in service. To swim through rooms and hallways that had been walked by soldiers three and a half decades ago is an eerie experience. Cables and brackets hang from the walls and the floors are tilted unnaturally. The impressive size of the ship also makes an impact on a scuba diver who descends from above to greet this huge destroyer. These divers explored the wreck for almost an hour before their air supply ran low and it was time to make their way back to the surface.

Divers Become Completely Surrounded By Bull Sharks39s

Divers Become Completely Surrounded By Bull Sharks

This video of a diver off the coast of Fiji surrounded by bull sharks manages to be both soothing and kind of a nail biter at the same time. Soothing, insofar as it shows lovely footage of colorful fish (and the aforementioned bull sharks) swimming by gracefully, flowing with ease along the ocean’s currents. And kind of a nail biter, because—OMG! Sharks! Bull sharks! SO CLOSE to these divers! While sharks in general tend not to view humans as food, bull sharks are among the more aggressive species of sharks (although they still take a back seat to their formidable cousin, the Great White). So it’s best not to tangle with them unless absolutely necessary, and we definitely don’t recommend that anybody watching this video go off to grab his own camera and scuba gear and head off to search for a close encounter with sharks of his own. It should also be noted that bull sharks can live in both salty and fresh water, or in brackish waters, and they can even swim up rivers. Bull sharks have been found in the Mississippi River as far north as Illinois. We’re guessing that the Illinois residents who discovered said bull sharks were surprised…to say the least. And bull sharks are also responsible for the majority of near-shore shark attacks on humans. So, again—do NOT go off looking for bull sharks on your own! Still, this video is lovely to see, and it’s hard not to get caught up in the soothing sounds of water flowing and the serene sights of ocean life going by as you watch it. It’s also surprising—not to mention joy inspiring—to see how calmly these fearsome ocean predators glide right alongside the variety of smaller fish, who they could undoubtedly snap up with a single bite of their massive jaws, if they were so minded. We’ve found that having this particular video playing in the background while we work is almost as good—and nearly as calming—as having an aquarium tank set up in our office, a dream we still hope will become a reality one day!. So if you haven’t hit the Play button yet, now’s a good time to do so. And get ready to hit the Share button as well, because somewhere out there is a shark loving friend who you just KNOW is going to love watching this one! So sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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Divers explore the magical underwater world of Roatán, Honduras2m06s

Divers explore the magical underwater world of Roatán, Honduras

Roatán is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. Being part of the huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, it is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, scuba diving sites and marine life, including whale sharks. In the southwest is busy West Bay Beach, with a coral reef near the shore which is where Brent and Elsa found themselves on this day in November 2018. Boarding a panga boat in west bay they scooted to the very near dive site called ZIGZAG. Descending below the waves brought Brent and Elsa an amazing dive with some gorgeous creatures common in the area. Although Roatan is a small island it offers up more than 30 dive sites around its perimeter. Intriguing names such as Turtle Crossing, Spooky Channel and Green Outhouse Reef are just a few of the dive locations you will find around the reef. Thinking about exploring Honduras Bay Islands and possibly specifically Roatan? The first explorer in history to land here was Christopher Columbus in 1502. He was not the first one there though, the people known as the Paya Indians are known to have inhabited these beautiful islands back as far as 600 AD. Whether a scuba diving enthusiast or someone that just loves to travel and explore, Roatan has a lot to offer for such a small island. Not a snorkeler or diver? The west bay has some great shops offering up some beautiful handmade treasures or sit on the gorgeous sandy beaches and enjoy a cold drink with your toes in the Caribbean waters. Are you a daredevil? Take in a jet ski tour racing through the local bays. You can also get harnessed up for a speedy slide on the zip lines at Monkey Trail Canopy at Gumbalimba Park. Foodie? Well there are definitely some great restaurants and beach side bars offering up some local treats of seafood and a local specialty called Baleadas. These are homemade flour tortillas filled with beans and cheese and are just $1! Try them with avocado, eggs, chicken or meat.

Girl has magical encounter with critically endangered sea turtle1m18s

Girl has magical encounter with critically endangered sea turtle

Serena, a young, but experienced scuba diver was exploring the coral reefs around Little Cayman Island when she met a beautiful Hawksbill Sea Turtle. The two were cruising along in the same direction and they met like two friends with a common destination. Moving slowly and matching the pace of the turtle, she found that it was not only accepting of her presence, but also curious and welcoming. As they cruised along for more than ten minutes, the turtle turned occasionally to look into her eyes. Drifting slowly, it made no attempt to distance itself from her. It even turned in her direction to close the distance when she moved farther away. This was a dream encounter for Serena, who is also a biology student and a true animal lover. Their journey continued until the turtle eventually rose to the surface for air. Serena watched it go and she turned and made her way back to the dive boat to end her dive. Such a magical experience with a creature so rare and beautiful is breath taking and unforgettable. Hawksbill sea turtles are critically endangered. Although they live in tropical waters all around the world, their population has dwindled, making it one of the rarest sea turtles in the world. Also considered to be the most beautiful of all sea turtles, due to their beautifully colored shells, encountering the Hawksbill sea turtle is a delight for scuba divers. They have a long beak and narrow head, resembling a bird, which is how they got their name. They feed almost exclusively on sponges that grow among the coral. The algae that grows on sea sponges contains a toxin that accumulates in a Hawksbill's body, making the meat of this turtle potentially poisonous for humans. These turtles can grow to 200 pounds and reach a length of 3 feet. Their massive and beautiful shells have been the primary cause of the drastic reduction in their numbers. In the last century alone, they have declined more than 80 per cent due to the trade in their shell. Hairbrushes and jewelry have been made from the shells and are actually called tortoiseshell. Hunted to near extinction, especially for trade in Japan, they are now illegal to hunt or harvest. Despite this, their is still a heavy black market trade for their shells. They are also threatened due to pollution and habitat destruction, coastal development, fishing, and the harvesting of turtle eggs. The Hawksbill Sea Turtle plays an important role on the reef, consuming sponges that would otherwise overpopulate and cause suffocation of thee corals on the reef. One Hawksbill can consume up to 1,000 pounds of sponges per year. Without them, the delicate ocean balance will be threatened, which could lead to coral loss and ultimately, a loss of fish and other ocean creatures that rely on the coral for food and survival.

Honeycomb cow fish extremely irritated with unwanted sucker fish56s

Honeycomb cow fish extremely irritated with unwanted sucker fish

Honeycomb cowfish are adorable, but very unusual fish that can be found cruising along the reefs in most tropical waters. They are clumsy swimmers, with a body that is triangular in shape, and seemingly much too large for their tail. They are flat-bottomed and have rigid, inflexible bodies. Most of the propulsion is actually done by their pectoral fins. Watch them move, they resemble triangular balloons that float through the water rather than swim like most fish. They have small, round mouths that they use to shoot a jet of water into the sand to uncover small creatures such as crabs or shrimp, their preferred diet. Their faces are highly unusual and they have small horn-like protrusions from their fore head, which is how they came ti be called cow fish. As expected, their pattern resembles the combs found in a honeybee hive. They are able to change color and contrast to help blend in with their surroundings. Once camouflaged, they may remain motionless until the threat has gone. The fish that is swimming under and around this cow fish is a baby remora. Bothersome fish, they are agile and persistent. They latch onto almost any larger fish to allow them to travel without expending their own energy. They attach with powerful suckers that are on the top of their heads. They are comfortable being attached sideways, or on top of another fish or turtle, but they prefer to be attached to the underside of their host so that they are upright. Difficult to dislodge, the remora will stay on a host for weeks or months if they are so inclined. They can detach at will to swim briefly away to get scraps of food. They are also known to eat the feces of their host animals. They can swim quickly back to their host and reattach to await the next feeding opportunity. It is rare to see such a small remora, and equally rare to see one trying to attach to such a small host. It seems to be having difficulty finding a large enough surface to attach to and it swims rapidly around the slower moving cow fish, causing obvious annoyance. The cow fish flinches and tries to put on rapid bursts of speed, but it will not rid itself of the remora. Rays, turtles and fish will often swim close to another large animal in the hope that their remoras will abandon them for a more tempting host. Although they use suction and do not cause injury to the host creature, they create obvious water drag and can be irritating. This is made even worse when a remora such as this one swims around the face and eyes of the creature that it is trying to attach to.

Divers explore mysterious underwater world by night in the Galapagos Islands1m10s

Divers explore mysterious underwater world by night in the Galapagos Islands

Scuba diving is a thrilling experience for those adventurous enough to strap on tanks of air and slip beneath the waves. The underwater world is mysterious and beautiful, fascinating and intimidating, and those who experience it by day are often compelled to explore the same depths by night. This is a vastly different experience, as the reef is a completely different world in the dark. Some of the creatures of the ocean become more active, emerging from hiding spots to hunt for food. Other creatures that are seen by day will go into hiding at night, hoping to survive until daylight. Divers see with the aid of powerful lights but their vision is limited to what is in the beam of their lights. This creates an even greater sense of vulnerability as much of the water around them is a dark void. Animals with greater vision and perception swim all around, moving silently past, and often very close to the divers. These scuba divers in the Galapagos Islands first encountered a Moorish idol, a beautiful black and white fish with long and graceful fins. They came across a spotted eel, slithering between the rocks on a nightly hunt. These eels have poor vision, but an excellent sense of smell, and they move stealthily through narrow gaps and under rocks to ambush fish and octopus seeking shelter. A beautiful and graceful Pacific green turtle swam among the divers, possibly curious about their lights. It appeared out of complete darkness, startling the diver with the camera before bumping into him. After a moment’s inspection, it slowly swam off into the darkness as gracefully as it had come. A hermit crab with a shell covered in barnacles blends in perfectly with the rocks over which it climbs. These scavengers feast on decaying plants and animals, leaving the oceans and reefs cleaner in their wake. They will retreat into the shell that they carry at the slightest threat of danger. A spotted puffer fish drifts clumsily over the rocks. It’s a beautiful fish with a unique adaptation that allows it to inhale water and increase its size by many times, making it difficult to swallow. A long trumpet fish drifted past, within inches of the scuba diver. These fish can blend in with plants and sea fans by tilting their bodies vertically to hide among the stems. To explore this mysterious underwater world is a rare privilege by day, or by night.

Scuba diver literally forgets the most important thing before diving in the ocean44s

Scuba diver literally forgets the most important thing before diving in the ocean

Scuba diving is an exciting experience, especially when you are in a world as beautiful as the Cayman Islands. The sand is white, the water is strikingly blue and the breeze is a warm caress. With the sun shining down and the ocean creatures waiting, Dave has put on all of his gear and has lined himself up at the back of the boat to enter the water with his group. He has planned his dive, talked to his dive budy and has been given the "go ahead". Dave has been diving for ten years and has logged well over 300 dives. In the dive world, that's pretty seasoned and you would expect him to have remembered everything that is important. But today is a little different for Dave because he's got his camera on his selfie pole and he wants a little footage of an entry into the ocean for his video memory collection. Eager to get in the ocean, he stepped to the back of the boat, took a deep breath, surveyed the area to make sure the other divers have cleared and he put his hand over his mask to hold it as he took a giant stride to get in. This is the point where an observant person who scuba dives might expect Dave to catch on to his glaring error. But no, he continued in and was even smiling as he looked at the sand and coral below. Still not catching on, he began to descend, leaving his boat behind him as he slowly sank. Bubbles could be seen coming from Dave's mouth as he exhaled to deflate his lungs and help him sink more quickly. After six full seconds of bliss, Dave eventually caught on to what he had forgotten. The air tank on his back was full but it would do him no good if he can't breathe the air in it. Dave unbelievably forgot to put the regulator mouthpiece in his mouth. It has dangled behind him and drifted back as he slipped lower to the ocean floor. He realized this suddenly when he began to breathe in and figured out that there would be no air for him until he solved the problem. A diver has a secondary (backup) mouthpiece at his side, clipped to his vest in case anything goes wrong with the first one. Dave was also shallow enough that he could have swam back to the surface, although his buddies on the boat would have all been laughing at him. Dave smoothly grabbed his secondary mouthpiece, took a few breaths and then switched to the primary mouthpiece. But he couldn't believe his forgetfulness and he can be seen shaking his head and laughing at himself throughout. If anybody asks, Dave will tell his dive buddies that this was a fully planned simulation to sharpen his skills in case the regulator mouthpiece is unexpectedly pulled from his mouth during entry. He will also ask that everybody keep his secret. Did you notice what was forgotten the first time you watched?

The magical underwater world of the Galapagos Islands2m11s

The magical underwater world of the Galapagos Islands

Scuba divers from all over the world flock to the Galapagos Islands. Many enthusiasts claim that it is the home of the most breath taking diving in the world, and it is for good reason that they say this. Home to some of the most diverse and unique life on the planet, the Galapagos are strange and fascinating, as well as strikingly beautiful. Described by early explorers as harsh and barren, they were surprised to find such an abundance of life thriving there. The Galapagos were made famous by Charles Darwin when he studied the animals and plants on these islands in 1835. His discoveries led to some of the most groundbreaking ideas and theories of any biologists. His theory of evolution was inspired by the birds and other creatures here. Those same theories changed the way we look at our planet, the animals, and even ourselves. This video takes you on a voyage under the waves, providing you with an up close look at a few of the magnificent animals that scuba divers are likely to encounter. Entering the water near Kicker Rock, divers were surrounded by salema, a small, but plentiful bait fish that congregates near the surface. A sea lion cruised under and around the bait ball, eager to catch a few for a meal. These fish feed on plankton and krill that are brought through these waters by three distinct ocean currents that converge here. It is these currents and the food source that they bring that supports all life in the Galapagos. Pacific green sea turtles also thrive here, feeding on algae and plants that live on the volcanic rock that has formed all of these islands. Manta rays, now referred to as mobula, cruise through these waters, filtering to catch their food. They are peaceful and gentle, posing no threat to humans or any large animals. Their only means of defense is rapid flight from danger. They are graceful and beautiful and always a highlight for any scuba diver. Surprisingly intelligent, they are believed to be self-aware. They have huge brains and are thought to be capable of problem solving and communicating with each other. The ocean bottom is made up of volcanic rock that was forced to the surface. Among these rocks, octopus roam, using their long arms to search for food hiding in the crevices. Also highly intelligent, they are even able to change their color and texture to make them nearly invisible to predators. Sea lions are one of the octopus’ biggest predator and they patrol the waters, looking in the rocks, even at great depths. These divers were met by a colony of hunting sea lions fifty feet from the surface. Hammerheads school in great abundance in these waters, cruising along in the current. They are actually able to alternately rest one side of their brain at a time, allowing them to swim and avoid danger while reducing brain activity to achieve a state that is similar to sleep. Although hammerhead sharks pose little threat to divers, sitting in the rocks as they school above is sure to give even the most seasoned diver a thrill. The Galapagos Islands are beautiful above the ocean, but the underwater world around the islands is as mysterious and alluring as any place on earth.

Divers swim alongside critically endangered animal1m20s

Divers swim alongside critically endangered animal

“Come here, swim over here to me!” Brent was thinking as he hovered over the beautiful coral reef 55 feet below the surface. Remaining as motionless as possible, Brent and his dive buddy wife Elsa watched as the Hawksbill turtle swam up to the surface for air. Hoping the Hawksbill turtle would descend close enough for them to get a nice look and take some photos and video, they watched in anticipation. Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered and are of limited numbers so seeing them is a treat. Located 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, Roatan is a small Caribbean Island that is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. Being 40 miles long and 5 miles wide Roatan is definitely a fairly small island. After approximately 2 minutes, the Hawksbill Turtle began its descent into a valley of coral searching out his next meal of sponge. Searching the cracks and crevices of the reef that flowed towards the sandy bottom, the Hawksbill Turtle finally turned towards Brent. Elsa also was recording some footage of the turtle as he swam right in front of her heading towards Brent. Actually having to back away as the turtle approached her, Elsa back paddled while avoiding to touch the reef with her hands. Touching live coral with bare skin can cause it to die in certain circumstances so this is avoided. Heading directly at Brent as though he had called it to come like we do with our pet dogs, he was exhilarated as the Hawksbill began closing in on him. Having to back paddle as well, it was quite a chore keeping from impacting the reef as well as keeping the turtle in the view finder of the camera. “This is the first time I have ever had a sea turtle come this close to me on its own. To have him swim within inches of my face was amazing” Brent explained. As the Hawksbill closed in, the light from Brent’s camera setup illuminated the turtles shell showing off how gorgeous it was. At 55 feet below the surface the natural light from the sun is depleted so colors are greatly reduced making a lot of corals, fish and other creatures appear grey and faded. Hit all these mentioned beautiful creatures of the sea with a source of light and it is as though a painting has just been converted from black and white to color. It is amazing to see this change Brent mentioned. Running low on air, Brent and Elsa had to surface and were they ever excited to tell the others back at the scuba shop what they had seen. Not everyone gets this kind of close encounter. The animals are all wild so it is just “luck of the draw” as to what divers see on each dive. On this day, it was definitely an amazing dive during their short visit to Roatan. Back on shore it was time for Brent and Elsa to head back to the cruise ship. Onward they went to visit other stops on their Caribbean cruise.

Sea turtle casually swims through group of scuba divers27s

Sea turtle casually swims through group of scuba divers

Pacific green sea turtles are a frequent enough sight in the waters around the Galapagos Islands. But getting a close look is a treat that doesn't happen every day. Shy and reclusive, they will move away from divers unless the approach is extremely slow and cautious. It is very unusual to have a sea turtle approach a human, as this one did. Whether it was indifference, or curiosity, the turtle headed straight for the divers and swam through the group. This is a remote area, Known as Kicker Rock, off the coast of San Cristobal Island. Although the turtle has undoubtedly seen people underwater before, diving and tourism is heavily regulated and very limited in the Galapagos Islands, and this turtle would not likely have seen humans often. Expectations for proper behavior here are extremely high and it is almost certain that the turtles enjoy more respectful and predictable interactions on those rare occasions where they do meet people close up. Gone are the days when people would hang onto sea turtles for pictures, or for rides, especially in this protected area. In fact, the waters around the Galapagos Islands make up the world's second largest protected marine sanctuary. Scuba divers here appreciate the privilege of being allowed to enter and the guides are strict. People who don't obey the rules with respect to the wildlife find that their scuba diving or their visits promptly come to an end. This turtle is a fully grown, mature female. They look identical to male green sea turtles except for three obvious differences. The male has a slightly larger head than the female. His tail is also much larger. The tail of this female is less than 1/4 the size of a similarly sized male's tail. A third, but less obvious difference is the presence of small white hooks on the leading edge of the front fins, approximately halfway out from the body. These hooks help the males hang onto the females during courtship and mating encounters. As this turtle calmly swam through the divers, it swam directly in front of the camera and provided us with a beautiful view of it swimming gracefully out into the blue ocean.

Giant fish bait ball eclipses scuba divers in Galapagos Islands57s

Giant fish bait ball eclipses scuba divers in Galapagos Islands

Bait balls are a congregation of fish that can number in the millions. Spectacular to see, they form an enormous ball, with the fish tightly packed together for protection from predators. Usually adopted by fish that inhabit open waters, this technique allows individual fish to hide within a group since they cannot hide behind coral or plants as other fish do. These scuba divers are swimming through the open water around Darwin Island, one of the most iconic and beautiful dive destinations in the world. They swim among schooling hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and whale sharks as they explore the ocean up to 100 feet from the surface. As they swam, they noticed a sudden decrease in the light, as if they were experiencing an eclipse. Looking above them, they saw that the cause of the darkness was actually this collection of fish. Mesmerized, the group swam under and then around the fish, fascinated by the beauty of such a spectacle. When fish school like this, they have many eyes and it is nearly impossible for a predator to surprise and ambush them. They react with lightning reflexes to rapidly change directions. Such fluid and coordinated movements appear to be choreographed, although they are not. Schools rapidly disband and then reform as needed. Their silvery bodies dazzle predators and make it difficult for a larger animal to locate and zero in on an individual. Predators have developed complex hunting techniques in reaction to this schooling behavior, often cooperating between species, or even different species, to attack the bait ball and encourage frenetic and disorganized movements. Fish scramble to remain within the interior of the mass. As fish break from the bait ball and are found on their own, they are more easily targeted and eaten. Occasionally, large fish and whales will charge a bait ball with their mouths open to scoop up a number of fish.

Divers wait in the rocks while hammerhead sharks circle above them1m14s

Divers wait in the rocks while hammerhead sharks circle above them

Scuba divers in the Galapagos Islands were thrilled to be surrounded by dozens of circling hammerhead sharks. The Galapagos Islands and the waters around them are home to some of the world's biggest and most interesting ocean animals. These divers perched themselves on a shelf created by a volcanic eruption nearly 4 million years ago and watched the currents sweep the marine life past them like the world's biggest Imax Theatre experience. This is a unique part of the world where three major ocean currents converge and mix, delivering plankton, small fish, krill and other food to the surrounding waters in abundance. This food supply in turn, attracts larger fish, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea turtles, and the majestic whale sharks. The currents create an entire ecosystem and food chain that is unlike any other. And understandably, the ocean life here also attracts scuba divers. The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are among the world's most cherished and sought after dive destinations. These divers slip into the water and fight the currents as they rapidly descend to the rocky ledges on the edge of a great abyss. They find shelter and hang on and then they watch the spectacle unfold in front of them. Enormous schools of hammerhead sharks drift past, sometimes within a few feet of the divers. They will see sharks drifting over their heads, in between them and all around. While this is enough to raise the heart rate of even a seasoned diver, these nature lovers know that hammerheads do not consider humans as food and aggression towards people is extremely rare. But it is one thing to know this and another to completely believe it. The divers can't help but be in awe of the power and speed of the sharks as they cruise past them. Entering the animals' domain requires respect and caution and improper behavior in this world can have serious consequences. These divers are fortunate enough to see a show that only happens for the privileged few.

Man instantly surrounded by sharks after stepping off cruise boat1m28s

Man instantly surrounded by sharks after stepping off cruise boat

While on a live-aboard dive boat in the Galapagos Islands, one of the passengers couldn’t resist slipping over the edge to enjoy a swim in the clear, blue ocean. He was wearing a mask and snorkel, along with fins and he took his GoPro with him. He didn’t expect to be met immediately by a dozen or more very interested sharks. Sharks from a distance are a beautiful sight. Even close up, a shark or two on a swim can be welcome and fascinating. But a group of sharks surrounding a swimmer will test the nerves of even the most committed aquatic nature lover. Holding his camera between himself and the sharks, as much to provide a sense of reassurance as it was for capturing the footage, this swimmer found that they had no fear of him at all. They casually swam up to his camera and looked right into his face. They swam under him and all around, passing and then circling back to have a closer inspection. The slow, lazy swimming of the sharks is a sign of mild curiosity, not aggression and these sharks did not seem to regard the swimmer as food. Silky sharks have been known to be aggressive to divers on occasion and swimmers are well advised to leave the water if their behavior suggests that they are hungry or agitated. They will often approach strange creatures because full grown sharks like these have very few predators and nothing to fear. Silky sharks grow to a length of more than 8 feet and reach a weight of 400 pounds. They eat tuna, mackerel, and other large fish. Their hearing is extremely acute and they use it to locate other large marine animals that are feeding so that they can also locate the food source. Like many shark species, their numbers are declining due to fishing and illegal harvesting for shark fins. Pollution and habitat destruction have also contributed to their decline.

Scuba diver scrambles to avoid whale shark's approaching tail19s

Scuba diver scrambles to avoid whale shark's approaching tail

Divers in the Galapagos Islands had the incredible experience of meeting a massive whale shark up close. The giant beast is almost 50 feet long and could weigh as much as 100,000 pounds. They are the biggest fish in the ocean and, aside from some whale species, the largest animal in the world. Divers wait a lifetime to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures and some dare to dream of capturing a picture or video of them. For almost all scuba divers, this is the ultimate underwater experience. Despite their enormous size, they are the gentlest souls in the ocean and will never harm a human. Most encounters are brief, as whale sharks don't often seek interaction with people. They will veer away, or even dive deep if they are concerned. A few sweeps of their massive tail will carry them quickly to safety. But this particular whale shark seemed mildly curious about the divers. She is a large female, carrying young that will be born soon. She approached a group of divers and swam slowly through the middle of them, giving them an arms length encounter that none of them will ever forget. As if wanting to get her own look at them, she arced gracefully, curving past several and allowing some a second look. Kristy couldn't resist the once in a lifetime opportunity and began snapping photographs as the whale shark circled below her. Drifting in the strong current, Kristy found herself directly over the shark's back only a few feet from it. Respectful divers will not touch marine life, especially a whale shark, and they try to avoid accidental contact. Knowing the massive tail was approaching her, Kristy scurried over the shark's back and tucked her fins in to avoid being struck by the tail. Equally concerned about the danger of impact and the possibility of upsetting the whale shark, she made sure that she was out of the way. Being in the presence of such a huge and majestic creature leaves a lasting impression that will never be forgotten.

Snorkelers following spotted eagle rays witness incredible sight1m09s

Snorkelers following spotted eagle rays witness incredible sight

Snorkeling in the Galapagos islands is a wonderful experience. The animal life is spectacular and the sights are breath taking. These swimmers were enjoying the water off the shore of Espanola Island, a remote and beautiful place where tourists are not allowed without a naturalist guide and proper permits. They were following a group of eight spotted eagle rays that were thirty feet below, swimming slowly over the sand, possibly hunting for food in the sand. The larger adults were in the company of a few smaller eagle rays. It is rare to see so many together and equally rare to see baby spotted eagle rays. As the swimmers and their guide, Ariana were following the group, they saw something incredible headed directly toward the eagle rays. A school of over one hundred golden cownose rays formed a line across the ocean floor. They met the eagle rays and continued slowly over them. The eagle rays circled back and joined the group. As the snorkelers filmed from above, they took turns diving as deep as they could go. Kristy was able to hold her breath and reach the bottom, thirty feet down, to film the massive school of rays from close up.

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Published: November 7, 201828,640 plays$103.46 earned
Mysterious underwater tunnels at Bloody Bay Wall, Cayman Islands2m05s

Mysterious underwater tunnels at Bloody Bay Wall, Cayman Islands

Scuba diving allows the adventurous to explore places that few people will ever see. The allure of the deep is powerful and those who seek the thrills offered by diving are eager to answer the call. The ocean provides a look at new landscapes and new creatures, unlike anything that can be experienced above the surface. Little Cayman Island offers some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world. The island was formed by volcanic action as rock shot straight up from the ocean floor millions of years ago. The island is surrounded by a coral reef that grew on this volcanic rock long ago. A diver venturing out over the edge of the reef is met with an abyss that plunges an incredible 6,000 feet almost straight down. The vast blue emptiness can send a chill down a person's spine as they slip over the wall and descend to the depths below. But there is another way to travel from the shallows to the deep. The coral and rock around this island has a number of tunnels that lead down into the rock and curve out toward the open ocean. Cave diving and exploring tunnels is a way to take the thrills to a new level as divers squeeze through dark and narrow caverns and passageways that lead out over the wall. It is not for the faint of heart. Advanced divers undergo serious training and preparation for diving such as this. They have practiced under controlled conditions so that they will be able to react proper;y f they encounter trouble. In the middle of a tunnel, there will be no going to the surface, even if their air supply fails. They will need to rely on their skills and their partner's ability to solve their problem until they can exit the tunnels and make their way carefully back to the boat. These divers will explore a part of the earth that has only been seen by a few hundred people. The huge sponges that have made their home here have been growing and filtering the ocean for food for over 500 years. Some have been here since before the island saw its first human settlement in the 1700s when a fishing village began. These sponges are actually animals, although their stationary existence might have us confuse them with plants. The tunnels are also home to corals, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and strange and wonderful fish. Scuba diving on its own is a unique adventure, but exploring hidden passages and seeing creatures within is an experience that is unforgettable.

Friendly Whale Interrupts Beach Volleyball Match1m23s

Friendly Whale Interrupts Beach Volleyball Match

This is the unexpected moment when a curious whale gives a group of volleyball players the surprise of a lifetime. The huge mammal was spotted near the coast of Delaware, only a few yards offshore. Incredible! The Dynamic Volleyball Academy’s beach practice was interrupted when they spotted a whale on May 29, only a short distance from shore in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Michele Miller luckily had her phone and was able to record the incident. According to this local report, Miller had seen dolphins feeding off the coast earlier that day and thought she was seeing more of the same. But much to her surprise, right as she started to film, a fin cut through the water revealing the presence of the whale. The dark waters of the oceans hold a lot of wonders. There is something humans find intrinsically appealing about deep waters. It is almost like our old environment is beckoning us back to its bosom. That is something psychologists need to elaborate. All we know is that there is still so much we do not know about all the secrets the depths of the sea hold, but nevertheless, each new thing we find makes us very intrigued. We have yet to fully comprehend how life functions in the utter depths. We know that the lower you go the harsher the environment becomes and marine life must have developed coping mechanisms to survive the pressure, the lack of sunlight and the scarcity of food. Whales are intelligent beings. The impact of whales on human culture is reflected in the meaning of whales in literary lore: it symbolizes travel, life, nobility, diligence and peace, and the fact that the path may not be always easy, but that does not mean that it is not worth travelling. It is not very often that we see deep-sea life travel to the shallow waters. It’s most likely because of the size of these marine beasts but also because of the temperature difference. This makes the shallow parts of the oceans safer for us to swim in, even though this footage makes us question this conclusion completely. A curious whale was sighted in Fenwick Island, Delaware near the coast which gave a group of volleyball players a fright. This person managed to capture the amazing footage on camera, filming the chilled whale hanging out in the shallow cove in front of them. According to an expert on whales, they usually come close to shore to scratch barnacles off their bodies and rest. Amazing! If you liked this video, you should also check out this magnificent aerial shot with a drone and a GoPro of a gigantic whale shark casually swimming alongside some people . How cool is that? What did you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy! Credit: Michele Miller via Storyful

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Published: May 30, 2018474 views
Underwater Museum Acts As A Safe Haven For Protecting Marine Life2m03s

Underwater Museum Acts As A Safe Haven For Protecting Marine Life

An incredible footage has emerged of the underwater museum in Lanzarote, Spain, where sculptures act as a silent appeal to protect the ocean! Check out this amazing clip, and find out for yourselves! This is the first underwater museum in Europe. It is an appeal to protect and appreciate the underwater world . The museum covers an area of 2.500 square meters. All sculptures were designed by Jason deCaires Taylor. Curiously, the model for many figures were residents of the island. Amazing! The exhibition aims on reflecting today’s society. Over 200 life-size figures were made for this sculpture. They form a reef for marine species to inhabit. The important message this video has to convey is ‘be a human, protect the ocean, so far as you can’. Lurking underneath the ocean is the Cancún Underwater Museum based in Cancún, Mexico devoted to the art of conservation. With a total of 500 sculptures, this museum mostly flaunts the work of British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor together with the work of five Mexican sculptors. This hidden gem consists of three different galleries submerged three to six meters deep in the ocean. This genius idea was presented by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonzalez Canto, and together with Taylor's assistance, museum’s objective is saving the nearby coral reefs by providing an alternative destination for divers. Would you mind visiting these underwater statues ? Share your thoughts in the comments below! In addition, the museum had to obtain a permit to sink 1,200 structures in 10 different areas within the National Marine Park so that snorkelers, scuba divers, and tourists can visit the underwater exhibits via a glass-bottom boat. How cool is this? We will definitely put this amazing place on our bucket list!

Scuba Diver Swims Among Massive School Of Fish47s

Scuba Diver Swims Among Massive School Of Fish

There are many wonders hidden in the salty blue waters of the oceans. Truth be told, we know only a small percent of what is really happening in the oceans, almost as much as we know the vastness of the universe. We speculate that life began in the acidic waters of the oceans millenia ago and that should give us an inkling of the true power these vast blue masses on our planet possess. It is fascinating to watch how the marine organisms function in an environment so different than ours. Amazingly they too have some similar behavioral characteristics as us. Smaller marine animals tend to move in large groups around the icy waters in order to defend themselves from larger predators. The big marine hunters actually roam the oceans alone, keeping more of the potential catch for themselves. The large groups of marine animals are actually called schools, and this scuba diver was lucky enough to get in the middle of one and film it in Sipidan, Malaysia. The school is created out of fish swimming in a tight-knit group in circles trying to keep the line and don’t let any stray fish outside and into the hungry jaws of the predators. The school can split up and reform once again in order to evade the hunters and this way they manage to only lose a small amount of fighters instead of the whole school. Isn’t that fascinating?!

Scuba diver gets lost in enormous school of fish1m00s

Scuba diver gets lost in enormous school of fish

Scuba diving in the Galapagos is the best experience! The Volcanic topography makes home to many species of wildlife, above and below the waves. Thousands of fish schooling together on the reefs produce these absolutely gigantic bait balls. Check out what happens when you swim right through one!

Container Ship In Bermuda Battles Heavy Storm30s

Container Ship In Bermuda Battles Heavy Storm

Have you ever seen how fascinating a container ship looks when it battles a strong storm? Probably not, so you must see it now! One of the men aboard the ship managed to record the exact moment when the container ship fights the storm in the Bermuda Sea. In general, ships that carry heavy loads always face storms at sea, so all these scenes are usually fascinating. Mother nature is curious and magnificent! A container ship fought a strong storm in the Bermuda Sea, the ship turns 65 degrees during the strong winter wind and under the big storm, and for the people on board it was a spectacle. Throughout the video, you can see how the boat sways from side to side when the waves hit the container ship, this is something that, for anyone, is terrifying, regardless of time and years of experience. Storms always manage to surprise us! All the people who work in this type of container ship go through an arduous training that allows them to prepare for the different problems that may arise, but many people assure that, regardless of the training time or experience, the sea for them will always be fearsome. This work is not appropriate for all kinds of people, you must go through a series of tests to meet the requirements, but what you should always have is courage, since suffering panic is not good while you are on a container ship. There are rules and parameters to which all types of vessels must adapt, all with the intention of preserving the integrity of the ship, the cargo and the people, since the important thing is to avoid monetary or human losses. This type of container ship usually sails around the world, since they are used to transport containers from one continent to another, so the number of containers on board the ship may vary according to the season of the year. Mother Nature can surprise us more every day, especially when it comes to the oceans, since nobody knows what is hidden in the depths of some oceans, so the oceans remain a mystery to most people, there are even people that fear the ocean. There are new creatures that are often found at the bottom of the sea and this generates insecurity and panic in some people, although for others it is a historical fact that you should know how to appreciate, since it is something that is not seen every day. It is necessary that we respect the maritime rules, since they were created mainly for our well-being, often people tend to ignore these rules, but in some cases they tend to be fundamental for survival. In this case, we can see how the people in the container ship are a little scared, but they know how to stay calm, and that is very important. Most people think that the oceans are the biggest mystery on the planet , and that is something that should not be questioned. Have you ever been on a ship during a storm? What do you think of the brave people who do this every day? Do not forget to leave your comment. The oceans are truly fascinating!

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Published: April 17, 20184,669 plays$4.13 earned