When Scientists Geek Out.

Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico, Scuba Divers, Nurse Shark

As a marine biologist, I can’t even begin to list the amount of times I gleefully screamed or screeched underwater when I saw something astounding right before my own 2 blue eyes. Some underwater face to face encounters that stand out are: having a whale shark come straight towards me in Mexico, a giant cuttlefish staring at me in Australia, and multiple manatees in Puerto Rico. Heck, I couldn’t even form a sentence when I saw a huge manatee moving underneath me!

Yes, I totally was that nerd who sat on the floor in-front of the TV a couple of years ago after the Super Bowl to watch the first footage of a live giant squid caught on camera. And of course, I shed tears of happiness because cephalopods are some of my favorite animals on the entire planet. If there is ever an opportunity for me to go into a submersible 1000’s of feet below the surface, YOU BET I WOULD BE ON THAT SUCKER IN AN INSTANT!

So when I saw this video yesterday, I knew I would have gone just as crazy as one of those scientists operating the ROV. Can you imagine starting at a screen for HOURS and even DAYS just hoping that something interesting passing in front of your camera and lights 600m underwater? Then, BOOM! Check out what puts on quite a little show for these researchers 🙂 (Here’s the article if you want to read it as well)

Arctic Marine Creatures : UP CLOSE!

Semenovo with Octopus

Feast your eyes upon these FANTASTIC photos of some fascinating Arctic marine creatures. Russian Photographer/Marine Biologist, Alexander Semenov , captured these great photos. He states,

I’m trying to act like the Discovery Channel, but as a single unit.

Alexander wants to share with the world these close up images of creatures people have never seen before (or thought were real for that matter). He’s head of the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), which is on the cusp of the relatively unexplored Arctic Circle.

For those photography nerds out there and who want to know what kind of equipment Alexander uses: Canon 400D with some good macro lenses, underwater strobes and housing. To check out more of his photos- go HERE.

The important thing is not to find new species but to understand how every creature you already know lives. There is not so much information about underwater worlds, because scientific diving isn’t old at all, 60 years maybe. I try to make snapshots of the life-cycles of the animals I see: growth, feeding, copulation, reproduction, birth and death – all these moments can be seen and photographed.

What’s your favorite Arctic animal photo?

Lucernaria quadricornis

Sea Slug (Coryphella polaris)

Pteropod Mollusk Sea Angel (Clione limacina)

Skeleton Shrimp (Caprella septentrionalis)

Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita)

Red Bull (Acanthonotozoma inflatum)