We pick our top marine animal encounters from the Web – five underwater videos that are guaranteed to get you excited to dive back into the big blue:

Leopard seal encounter

In this exciting excerpt from the second season of Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, Jonathan brings us footage of an incredible underwater encounter with a leopard seal – an apex predator of Antarctica.

Source: BlueWorldTV

Rare sperm whale encounter

In the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, ROV Hercules encountered a magnificent sperm whale at a depth of almost 600 metres. The whale circled Hercules several times and gave the cameras the chance to capture some incredible footage of this beautiful creature. Encounters between sperm whales and ROVs are incredibly rare. 

Source: EVNautilus

Rare shark filmed in underwater volcano

Ocean engineer and National Geographic explorer Brennan Phillips and his team surveyed underwater volcano Kavachi, located near the Solomon Islands. They encountered a surprising amount of sea life, including the rarely filmed Pacific sleeper shark. Phillips believes the high-definition images of this elusive shark represent only the third – and maybe the best – video of the shark ever made.

Source: National Geographic

Diving with orcas

While out diving at Little Barrier, a pod of orcas came cruising past Sam Galloway and his friend. They managed to see them up-close twice as the orcas did laps of the island, hunting stingray in the shallows. The adults weren’t very interested in the divers, but the calves came in for a close look.

Source: Sam Galloway

Up-close with manta rays

Chris Cilfone dives in the waters off Maui, Hawaii, and encounters a school of curious giant oceanic manta rays.

Source: GoPro


Have your underwater video featured…

For a chance to be featured in next month’s “Top 5 Underwater Videos”, submit your video or video link to oliver@uw360.asia. The theme for March is Whale Encounters.