Underwater Videography

A Fishy Defense

Published July 11, 2014

Though lovely to behold, coral reefs are far from a placid environment for the creatures that call these places home. It’s a world of eat or be eaten, of stealthy hunts and lethal attacks that must be countered by equally sophisticated defensive strategies. For most, simply fleeing the scene won’t work. Instead, many reef dwellers have come up with unique methods for thwarting would-be predators that involve everything from chemical cloaks to poisoned spikes. Follow along as we explore some of the more unusual defensive adaptations these animals employ. The flounder’s eyes function independently, with each capable of rotating 180 […]

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Private Underwater Video Class at Wakatobi

Published April 24, 2014

You need two things to make a great underwater video: skills and the right location. When Steve Cohen booked his second trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort, he knew he had the right location, because the reefs around the resort are legendary for fish and coral life. In order to perfect the skills needed to capture the beauty of our reefs, Steve enrolled in the resort’s Private Underwater Video program. The results By the end of his stay Steve Cohen was able to put together a dynamic video illustrating the essence of Wakatobi’s healthy reefs and varied marine life.  Video by Steve Cohen Take […]

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Silence on the Reefs

Published March 5, 2014

“Overall, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect environment. You don’t have to dive a rebreather to experience all the wonderful attractions of Wakatobi, but having these systems can add yet another layer to your enjoyment of this magnificent ecosystem.” Craig Willemsen, owner, Silent Word Diving Rebreather diving at Wakatobi dive resort Wakatobi’s house reef is ideal for rebreather diving. Divers have the option to enjoy extended CCR dives mere steps away from the beach fronting the resort’s villas and bungalows. photo by Walt Stearns When rebreather divers cite the many benefits their equipment provides, ease of travel […]

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Kings of Camouflage

Published January 12, 2014

With eight arms growing out of their heads, and three hearts pumping blue blood through their pliable, gelatinous bodies, cuttlefish may seem like creatures from another planet, but they actually thrive in abundant numbers on the colorful reefs of Wakatobi. Alien-like intelligence from the deep blue It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless the cuttlefish chooses to reveal itself, you could swim right by this alien-like creature without even knowing it was there. Sometimes referred to as “the chameleon of the sea,” cuttlefish have a remarkable ability […]

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The Bizarre Burrow Builder

Published July 3, 2013

Wakatobi’s reefs are covered in a colorful carpet of corals, sponges and gorgonians that shelter a range of interesting creatures. To find one of the area’s most intriguing and bizarre animals of all, look beyond the growth to find a bare spot where coral rubble surrounds a small hole. The Mantis shrimp or Stomatopod is not just another wimpy shrimp. It’s an industrious builder that roams the reef in search of materials to build elaborate burrows. The mantis is also a formidable hunter, with lightning-fast claws that smash or spear prey, and could give a diver a pretty nasty finger cut if […]

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Through the Diver’s Eyes

Published June 6, 2013

A video described through the eyes of Wakatobi guests Gary and Robin Wright. It’s our second dive of the day and anticipation is mounting. When all is ready, we hit the water, creating a froth of whitewater as our fins make contact. The bubbles clear and our eyes grow wide as we reenter a dream world and leave the complexities of surface life far behind. Gliding weghtless over the reef once again, we attempt to take it all in. The vast panoramas seem to roll on and on; it’s like cresting what you think is the summit of a mountain, […]

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The Fish that Goes Fishing

Published June 6, 2013

When you think of a predator, what attributes come to mind? Streamlined speed, explosive agility, aggressive strength… and then there’s the frogfish. Slow, reclusive and lacking in both offensive and defensive weaponry—not to mention being far from streamlined—the frogfish wouldn’t seem to have the tools needed to become a lethal predator. Yet despite some seeming shortcomings in the attack department, these enigmatic little creatures have developed a unique strategy to capture prey: they hide in plain sight and go fishing. Truly, frogfish are one of nature’s most unusual creatures. Watch the video to see the frogfish catch a meal! (video […]

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