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Swimming with the whale sharks of Isla Mujeres

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) feeds on bonito eggs just off the Yucatan peninsula in this video from underwater camera operator and filmmaker Simon Spear of View from the Blue Productions. Whale sharks, the planet's...

What are mosasaurs?

Travel back to the Cretaceous period, where large marine lizards called mosasaurs dominated ecosystems around the planet. While some were the size of a dolphin, others were longer than a Tyrannosaurus rex. How did the...

A dreamlike swim in an underwater wheelchair: Sue Austin’s ‘Creating the Spectacle’

Filmed among the sea life in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, British multimedia, performance, and installation artist Sue Austin gently swims through the water in a specially-adapted underwater wheelchair. The dreamlik...

Leptocephalus, a transparent eel larva in the wild

A pale liquid in the ocean currents? Plastic pollution? An eel's ghost? An eel larva! This undulating creature is a large Leptocephalus, a not-often-seen eel in its larval stage. It was filmed by Barry Haythorne and R...

Flamingos swim with stingrays in their hydrotherapy session

When flamingos need some exercise and pain relief for arthritic knees, hydrotherapy—swimming in a pool for physical therapy—can do the trick. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium zookeepers take Martini and excited flamingo budd...

Scallops have lots of tiny eyes that act like tiny telescopes

Things you may not know about the marine bivalve molluscs called Pectinidae or scallops, as seen in the Hakai Institute video above: 1. They can swim freely for short distances to escape predators or relocate them...

The Festo BionicFinWave, an autonomous underwater robot

The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called...

Tantalus Mackerel and a School of Fish automata

Automata and kinetic sculpture artist Chris Fitch uses engineering to create repeated moments in time. Named for the Greek mythological figure Tantalus, the fish-themed piece above, Tantalus Mackerel, follows a frustr...

The Dog Who Was A Cat Inside

A dog and a cat share the same body. Both are eager to make friends as they explore the city. Both get frustrated and confused as they struggle for control of their day. Each wants to go their own way, causing them to...

The Stomphia coccinea sea anemone can swim

This sea anemone is in danger. A dermasterias sea star is coming to devour it in the sped up footage above. But hop, wobble, squirm, shimmy! The sea anemone is off and away, launching a wiggly escape from the predator...

Weedy sea dragons exchange eggs from female to male

Weedy sea dragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are beautiful creatures who, like their seahorse relatives, transfer care of their developing young to the father until they mature. The actual exchange of weedy sea dragon...

The Mystery of the Upside-Down Catfish

Normally, an upside-down fish in your tank is bad news. As in, it’s time for a new goldfish. That’s because most fish have an internal air sac called a swim bladder that allows them to control their buoyancy and or...

MIT CSAIL’s robotic fish can independently swim with real fish

A 3-D printed head full of electronics, flexible plastic, silicone rubber, a camera, a motor, and a lithium polymer battery like the one found in smartphones all help this lightweight robotic fish explore the ocean fo...

Baby hippo Fiona’s never-before-seen moments

Fiona the baby hippo has captured the public's attention since she was born six weeks prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo in January of 2017. The zoo's neonatal caregivers were first worried for her health, but with the...

Christian Moullec flies his microlight with the birds

French bird enthusiast and microlight pilot Christian Moullec has been flying with birds for years, first as a guide for migrating lesser white-fronted geese in their journey from Germany to Sweden, and now also as a ...

Bottlenose dolphins of Jeju Island encounter a Haenyeo diver

This pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) lives in the waters around the volcanic islands of Jeju, South Korea all year round. Although they are social creatures amongst themselves, seeing humans...

An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it s...

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunitie...

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