Red Tide / Algal Bloom from Underwater

•January 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Here’s an underwater perspective of an algal bloom from the pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Algal blooms (also commonly known as red tides) are when large concentrations of algae accumulate rapidly resulting in coloration of the surface water. Coloration of the water can vary from red to brown to green and these varying colours can be seen in the video. Not all red tides / algal blooms are harmful and the phenomenon is actually unrelated to the movements of tides.

The sample underwater footage was shot with the Red Dragon in 5K at 96fps.

Octopus & Squid shot in 4K at 120fps

•June 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Here’s some sample cephalopod footage that was shot with the Red Epic in 4K at 120fps.

These creatures are always really cool with their movements and colour changes! Shots are of common octopus in Florida and Caribbean reef squid in Cozumel, Mexico.

A sea otter and his tool

•July 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sea otters are known for their fluffy faces and adorable demeanor, making them some of the cutest animals around. They are also one of the smallest marine mammals and have the densest coat of fur in the animal kingdom.

Sea otters are not just adorable creatures but they are also very intelligent and crafty. They are one of the few species that are known to use tools and often use rocks to help them with their raging appetites. These critters love to eat and is thought that they eat about 25% of their weight in food a day!

On a recent trip along coastal California, we were fortunate enough to witness a sea otter in action with his tool. Shot with the Red Epic at 120fps you can really see the determination and force used to crack open this lil’ guys dinner. They even have a small loose pouch of skin where they can store their handy tool.

Jellyfish Apocalypse

•June 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Jellyfish are the ultimate survivors. These alien looking creatures are the oldest mutli-organ animal and have been around for more than 500 million years. Swarms of jellyfish throughout the world have been a matter of concern over the past decade with the fear of jellyfish displacing fish throughout the world.  A recent UN report even pointed to surging jellyfish populations due to overfishing in the Mediterranean and Black Sea as being possibly one of the reasons behind depleted fish stocks in that area. Jellyfish have several predators including sea turtles, sharks, swordfish and tuna. Without these top predators in place jellyfish can increase rapidly.

So should we be preparing for an unfolding jellyfish apocalypse throughout our oceans? Some new research is suggesting that these jellyfish blooms are actually just a consequence of repetitive variations. Obviously, there are divided opinions on this matter but during our recent trip to Palawan in the Philippines we witnessed first hand massive swarms of jellyfish. Over a matter of a week we observed at least 7 different types of jellyfish and it was always fascinating to observe and film these creatures. Turtles are one of the main predators for jellyfish and we were even fortunate enough to observe a green sea turtle devouring a jellyfish.

Turtle & Jellyfish

One thing is for sure, if an apocalypse if coming you will want to have an army of turtles on your side.

A Seal of a Controversy

•March 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

On a small beach in a San Diego neighbourhood, cute, round, blubber balls have taken over a once popular children’s swimming beach. Harbour seals now come to shore at the Children’s Pool beach, in La Jolla. The seals rest on the beach and during the pupping season (February through April) give birth and train their young here. This beach has become a hot spot for the general public to see the seals up close due to its location and accessibility.

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However, controversy intensely surrounds this popular beach and its relatively new residents. Some locals want the seals dispersed though and for the beach to be solely for public use. Other people have been known to harass and even physically harm these animals.

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Just the other week this beach even made national news as a newly installed web camera caught 2 girls clearly disrupting the seals in La Jolla. The video which was recorded at night and filmed during the pupping season caught these women harassing, sitting on and even kicking the seals.

On the positive side, a local group known as ‘La Jolla Friends of the Seals’ have made made efforts to protect and educate the public about the seals. A year round rope and web cameras have been recently installed to monitor the beach and seal activity 24/7. You can check out the seal cam at

The harbour seals come to the beach for a sanctuary and a resting place, but in some cases, fail to find it. Fortunately for us animal lovers, Children’s Pool beach is a great place to sit back and watch nature at it’s best with the seals, pelicans, and the occasional dolphins and grey whales in the distance. And it’s free!

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Cookiecutter sharks

•March 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Having been known for taking perfectly round chunks out of everything from submarines, humans, whales, and sharks, apparently there’s nothing these feisty little creatures, known as cookiecutter sharks, won’t take a gouge out of.

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On two recent trips we came across several instances of these crazy critters. In Hawaii it was very common to see spinner dolphins with cookiecutter bites. As well in Baja California, Mexico around the islands of Guadeloupe and Cedros we saw a few elephant seals with similarly big chunks taken out them. Both Hawaii and the island of Guadeloupe are considered hotspots for these sharks. Even a great white shark was photographed around Guadeloupe with a cookiecutter bite in 2010. Talk about ballsy!

These small and weird looking creatures dwell in the deeper parts of the ocean during the day and come closer to the surface at night. During the 70’s & 80’s, US submarines were even bitten by these sharks forcing several subs to return to base for repairs. In 2009, a man had a chunk taken out of his calf while attempting to swim from the Big Island of Hawaii to Maui at night. Once they get ahold of their prey, they attach themselves to it with their ‘suction cup’ like lips and bite in, spinning their bodies around and swallowing the piece of flesh before detaching themselves. Gross, I know.

Amputee Green Sea Turtle

•January 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

While snorkelling on the North Shore of Ohau in Hawaii, we came across a green sea turtle amputee. This turtle was missing a front flipper and is locally known as Tripod.

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It is assumed that the turtle lost his flipper due to an entanglement in fishing lines. As monofilament fishing lines can be extremely difficult to spot while in the water, many marine animals run the risk of becoming entangled. This can lead to amputation, suffocation, starvation and drowning.

Luckily for Tripod, he seemed relatively content and happy munching away on marine algae. The struggle of not having a flipper for a creature that relies greatly on the use of it was sad to see though.

Sample footage was shot with Red Epic at 120fps.