An ocean expedition exploring the depths of the Atlantic Ocean captured a video that looks like a cartoon turned real life. The cartoon is SpongeBob SquarePants, to be exact. The video shows a square yellow sponge and a pink starfish right next to it. Familiar, isn’t it?
A huge portion of our oceans still remains a mystery. So, seeing footage from the deep sea is always a wonderful treat. The Schmidt Ocean Institute explored the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa, filming the diverse deep-sea creatures around the coral reefs. One of the most remarkable discoveries is a transparent glass octopus that looks like a creature from another planet.
The team of scientists puts their footage together in a four-minute video, so you can also discover this hidden and beautiful underwater world.
The problem of plastic in our oceans has been around for a while, and it’s not getting any better. But director and CG artist Pascal Schelbli reimagined plastic waste not as a part of the problem, but as a part of the ecosystem. In his short animated film, The Beauty, he creates an imaginary sea world out of plastic that will make you both amazed and sad.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong is known for his ambitious projects which often point to serious environmental issues we’re faced with. In his latest project named Strawpocalypse, his models “parted the sea” made of 168,000 used plastic straws. It took a lot of time and effort to build the installation. But it paid off: Ben took some fantastic images which send a message that we can do something to decrease pollution of the sea with plastic.
“We know more about the surface of Mars and Moon combined than we do of our own ocean floor.” Thanks to Ved Chirayath of NASA Ames Research Center, this might change in near future. He has developed a new camera tech that allows the scientists to explore the ocean floor from the air. This hardware and software technique is named fluid lensing, and it could enable NASA to look and map out all of the coastal ocean systems in the world.
Victoria Police have reported that a 22 year old Australian man has been pulled from the water at St Kilda Pier. Why was he in the water? Well, he was attempting to rescue his drone. He’d been flying the drone with a friend to shoot photos as part of a project when it suddenly fell into the water.
Attempts to recover the drone from the pier were futile. So he stripped down to his underwear, and jumped in. The average sea temperature right now is around 14°C, so needless to say, his efforts didn’t quite go as planned. The drone rescue quickly turned into his own rescue as the cold water took its toll, causing cramps.
While out shooting a wonderful tutorial on how to capture and process seascape photography, Hawaiian photographer Raiatea Arcuri had a bit of a spill when a rogue wave took out him and his tripod.[Read More…]
If you’re looking for your weekly dose of inspiration, we have it for you.
This time, it comes in the form of a TED video wherein conservation photographer Thomas Paschak shares his story of what it is that drives him to capture the work he does and how he hopes to make a difference through the images he captures.[Read More…]
Drones are becoming more affordable with each new generation, but not for one second does that mean they’re cheap.
And that’s precisely what makes watching this DJI Inspire get taken out by a jet ski so painful.[Read More…]