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In this absolutely incredible footage from EarthTouchTV, watch hundreds of thousands of sardines off the coast of South Africa swarm at the center of an animal feeding frenzy. With Earth-Touch divers right in the middle of the action, large, hungry predators — sharks, dolphins, diving gannets, and a 20 to 30 ton Bryde’s whale — all take part in this intense and fascinating sardine run.

There are hours of nature and underwater videos in the archives.

From the team that brought us The Secret Life of Plankton and The Plankton Chronicles comes this wonderful TEDEd video from their amazing microscopic footage, re-created to explain How Life Begins in the Deep Ocean:

Where do squid, jellyfish and other sea creatures begin life? The story of a sea urchin reveals a stunningly beautiful saga of fertilization, development and growth in the ocean depths.

from TEDEd.

After watching The Secret Life of Plankton, oh how happy we were(!) to find Para FilmsThe Plankton Chronicles. There are so many beautiful videos shot in microscopic detail that we haven’t watched them all yet.

In this video, the Sea Urchin and its cone-shaped echinopluteus larvae demonstrate the cell-division cycle. Other excellent vids: Protists - Cells in the Sea, Iridescent CtenophoresPelagia - Fearsome Jellyfish, and Pteropods - Swimming Mollusks. Stunning film work and really breathtaking science. 

We really love this video, The Secret Life of Plankton, from TEDEd. Marine biologist and science educator Tierney Thys and a team of scientists and film makers (Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak from Parafilms in Montreal) created this phenomenal six minute film about microscopic organisms using some excellent storytelling and new videography techniques (dark field optics and macro lenses or microscopes equipped with HD SLR cameras).

Tierney is also a TED speaker, having previously studied the Mola mola, a super-unique giant ocean sunfish that weighs over 2.5 tons and eats jellyfish. It’s a phenomenal looking creature. You can watch Tierney talk passionately about the Molas, the water, and her work as a Marine Biologist in a video at Highly recommended.

For  a great set of plankton images, there is molecular geneticist Richard R Kirby’s book, Ocean Drifters: A Secret World Beneath the Waves, featured at Scientific American.

Thanks, Achim Brauweiler.