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Zoologist Dr. Mauvis Gore describes her work monitoring basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) — the world’s second largest fish with “a mouth almost as wide as a piano" — in Episode 4 of the BBC’s Hebrides: Islands on the Edgenarrated by Ewan McGregor.

Having studied sharks, stingrays, and cetaceans across the globe, Dr. Gore has worked to gather information on these vulnerable gentle giants to better understand their migration patterns and decreasing populations, fueling conservation efforts to protect them.

There are more sharks in the archives.

Hemiscyllium halmahera, a newly-found species of bamboo shark or longtail carpet shark, has a rather unusual way of getting around — perhaps not unusual for land animals like us, but definitely unusual for a shark: it walks.

Pectoral and pelvic fins are moving this 28 inch (70 cm) marine animal across the underwater terrain (in this case, coral) off the coast of Ternate, one of the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. They were recently discovered by a team lead by Dr Gerald Allen, a research associate at the Western Australian Museum.

The waters near Indonesia have some fascinating things going on. Have you seen the mimic octopus, the ribbon fish, or the sea’s strangest square mile

via @Sci_Phile.

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.