Ocean Life

Majestic Whale Shark swims with humans7s

Majestic Whale Shark swims with humans

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?

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Published: October 23, 2017Updated: October 25, 201748 views
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!

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Published: October 9, 2017Updated: October 19, 20171,531 viewsVirality: 1%
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.

WildCreatures
Published: September 19, 2017Updated: September 20, 2017585 views
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.

WildCreatures
Published: June 1, 2017Updated: June 5, 201731,936 viewsVirality: 2%
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.

WildCreatures
Published: May 31, 2017Updated: June 1, 20171,051 views
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.

WildCreatures
Published: April 19, 2017Updated: April 20, 20179,652 views
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.

WildCreatures
Published: March 29, 2017Updated: March 30, 20171,922 views
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.

WildCreatures
Published: March 14, 2017Updated: March 15, 2017848 views
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!

Diver swims with two massive and beautiful stingrays48s

Diver swims with two massive and beautiful stingrays

A diver is given a rare treat as he is allowed to swim with two massive spotted eagle rays. Eagle rays are beautiful and graceful swimmers. They reach a maximum wingspan of 10 feet. They can be as long as 16 feet and can weigh over 500 lbs. Their tails have 2-6 venomous spines for defense. These two rays glide gracefully through the water, seeming to be in complete sync. Although usually shy, they occasionally exhibit curiosity about people if approached cautiously. These two actually slowed right down as the diver caught up to them. Stingrays are known to be quite intelligent.

WildCreatures
Published: February 22, 2017Updated: February 23, 201723,471 viewsVirality: 31%
Menacing looking barracudas circle scuba divers52s

Menacing looking barracudas circle scuba divers

A couple of enormous barracuda approached and circled two divers, repeatedly passing within inches of their faces. With their large mouths full of ominous teeth, they are an intimidating sight. These divers understood that such behavior is usually curiosity and not aggression and the experience was more thrilling than frightening. Barracuda are often attracted to shiny things, like a GoPro camera. This experience was very thrilling for these two!

WildCreatures
Published: February 13, 2017Updated: February 14, 2017548 views
Giant rainbow parrotfish crucial to reef survival51s

Giant rainbow parrotfish crucial to reef survival

Few fish have such dazzling color as the giant rainbow parrotfish. Normally reclusive, these shy giants will occasionally venture out into the open to delight divers. A true giant among the parrotfish family, they reach 4 feet in length and weigh up to 45 pounds. Parrotfish cruise over the coral, scraping the algae off with their large teeth. Without parrotfish, the reef would become overwhelmed with algae blooms and would die. Scientists tell us that parrotfish are the most crucial fish for reef survival.

WildCreatures
Published: February 11, 2017Updated: February 13, 2017702 views
Scuba diver swims with world's largest wolf eel population4m14s

Scuba diver swims with world's largest wolf eel population

Diver Sean Smyrichinsky shows off for the cameras the huge wolf eel he nursed back to health for over a year. What an incredible bond that has been formed! The grown wolf eels are curious and are rarely aggressive, but they are capable of inflicting painful bites on humans. Altough as we can see, that is clearly not the case in this video. Quite the opposite, in fact. The male and female may pair for life and inhabit a cave together; the two watch their eggs together and one always stays behind when the other leaves to feed. This just shows that besides appearances, these animals have a loving and nurturing nature. This eel-like fish feeds on crustaceans, sea urchins, mussels, clams and some fishes, crushing them with its strong jaws. Luckily for our diver here, they were not in the mood for human bites. Although some people confuse them with true eels, they are different in multiple aspects – wolf eels have paired gill slits and pectoral fins. Another curiosity is that when they are young, their color is orange. Orange wolf eel babies, how cool is that? It is always fun and amusing to watch videos of the ocean life, especially when it's rare moments like this one.

UBDiving
Published: February 8, 2017Updated: February 9, 2017102,820 views
Guy Catches Giant Sailfish In Palm Beach While Riding Kayak2m14s

Guy Catches Giant Sailfish In Palm Beach While Riding Kayak

If you haven’t heard this before, it might come as a surprise to you that fishing is considered a sport. Why is it considered an athletic activity? Because, other than the rock-hard patience and the standing on your feet for hours while waiting for the perfect catch, it takes a lot of stamina to reel in a beast from the deep. We have seen the baby seal taking a ride on a kayak, we saw a great white shark check out a kayak, but we have never seen someone reel in a giant sailfish in open sea, while on a kayak! That thing requires a lot of guts to perform, not to mention the incredible strength one has to have. The man went to fish on his kayak in the Palm Beach area, with his trusty fishing rod and huge desire to reel in the catch of his life and boy, did he ever! This man in the video had one such stunning fishing experience. He was hoping to pull out something smaller, but what he found was much more than that- a giant sailfish and by luck he recorded every minute of what went down. As he turns around to see where his line is, the sailfish breeches the water in a glamorous display of natural beauty, while someone on a boat in the back shouts their disbelief of what is going on. Eventually, the fisherman pulls the fish closer to his boat, the beast smacking the watercraft with its strong tail in vain. When he pulled that thing out of the water, all we could do is let our jaws drop, because wow!

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Published: January 30, 2017Updated: February 6, 201728,550 viewsVirality: 1%