Following Dr David Gruber’s discovery of the bio-fluorescent hawksbill sea turtles near the Solomon Islands, film-director Klaus Obermeyer was inspired to witness these special creatures himself. Together with a team of 45, Obermeyer began his mission to capture the bio-fluorescent turtles with Canon’s new ME20-SF low light camera. It was a gamble – these creatures [...]
The Australian giant cuttlefish, Sepia apama, is the largest cuttlefish in the world and aggregates in the cold waters off Point Lowly, Whyalla, South Australia. The annual event, commencing in May through to July, brings hundreds of thousands of cuttlefish in search of a mate to the waters off Point Lowly – the only place [...]
scuba spider
Meet the "Scuba Spider" – the only spider that lives exclusively underwater. Generally known as the diving bell spider or the water spider, this fascinating underwater creepy-crawly survives submerged in a rather incredible way: In the absence of gills, it makes do with its own "scuba tank" – an air bubble. Evolution has granted this little arachnoid some nice perks to enable its [...]
sponges
The sea sponge is one of the world’s simplest multi-cellular living organisms. They have been present on Earth for around 500 million years. There are over 5,000 identified species – 200 of which can be found in fresh water. The ancient Greeks referred to these bizarre creatures as “Zoofitan” – a unique category of marine [...]
species that clean
Keeping the underwater world clean and healthy is a full-time job for some species. Of course, a balanced ecosystem involves the participation of every life form, but there is also a whole host of creatures that have specific roles – cleaning other animals, filtering the water, and keeping some other species in check. Scientists have [...]
Seahorses are an elusive species that turn divers giddy with excitement. But what is it about them that fascinates people so much?   It's not a horse of course    Seahorses are unusual little marine creatures that belong to the fish family “Syngnathidae”, which includes seahorses, pipefish, sea dragons and pipehorses. They occur throughout the [...]