(Scroll down for shot list and species names)
Source Footage: 600Mbps, 4096 x 2160 (17:9), filmed at 60p and mostly played back at 30p
Camera: Sony PXW-Z100.
Housing: Gates Z100 with Fathoms Imaging SWP44C port.
Underwater Lights: Gates VL24 LED.
Underwater Tripod: custom built “pentapod”.
Photography: Josh Jensen, Undersea Productions.
Music: Frederic Legault-Capozio, Capo Productions.
Underwater nature & ocean wildlife 4K footage available exclusively at http://www.underseaproductions.com/
0:00 Manta ray (Manta alfredi) approaching and passing overhead
0:08 Exposed reef dominated by Fire coral (Millepora sp.)
0:15 Flounder (Bothus sp.) follows Kuhls stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) as the ray feeds and disturbs the sand
0:26 Clark’s anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) in Heteractis crispa anemone
0:37 Spotted shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris guttata) keeps lookout and displays to intruders as shrimp (Alpheus ochrostriatus) do the heavy lifting of burrow maintenance; shrimp maintain antennae contact with the shrimpgoby at all times
0:59 Glossodoris electra nudibranch charging across the sand
1:03 Target shrimpgobies (Cryptocentrus strigilliceps) prefer the silty sand habitat found in protected caverns and overhangs
1:06 Lionfish (Pterois volitans) stalks then eats something on the sand
1:10 Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) tending their eggs
1:18 Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) in an Heteractis magnifica anemone form large family groups
1:22 “Plucked Chicken” pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looking around for grub
1:29 Red-margin shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris rubrimarginata) displaying to intruders on sea grass slope; shrimp (Alpheus bellulus) housekeeping, and Dugong grass (Halophila ovalis) showing heavy epiphyte growth
1:40 Pair of Decorated dartfish (Nemateleotris decora)
1:45 Segmented blenny (Salarias segmentatus) chased away by angry damsel
1:51 Porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix) love train
1:55 Manta rays (Manta alfredi) feeding at the upwelling in a ripping current
2:02 Bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) and Scad
2:06 Bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus)
2:10 Chevron barracuda (Sphyraena qenie) circling, Vlaming’s unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) waiting below
2:14 Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) breaking off and moving rubble, Checkerboard wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus) hoping for scraps
2:30 Flatworm obliviously swimming toward a Java moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), passes without trouble
2:46 The convoluted growth form of the Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) offers a range of nooks and crannies for invertebrates and their hunters—such as this juvenile Canary wrasse (Halichoeres chrysus)
2:41 Isolated Staghorn coral colonies like this one often host dense cardinalfish and damselfish populations; during the day, damsels feed up in the water column above while cardinals rest in safety, at night the positions reverse
2:46 Japan armina cruising the black sand looking for sea pens to eat
2:54 Twinspot gobies (Signigobius biocellatus) filter mouthfuls of sand in a small territory, usually under a ledge or shear face, and maintain their own underground escape tunnels
3:16 Trimma gobies have tiny territories that they defend aggressively; this is a good spot for ambushing passing plankton. This particular species is not yet described, but referred to as “RW sp.70”
3:20 These Lizardfish (Synodus sp.) were vibrating and slowly changing colours at dusk
3:08 Tiny juvenile Star puffer hiding from a strong current behind a small rock
3:23 Broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) are a common reef species
3:26 This male Mimic cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus parazonatus) broods a mouthful of eggs that he needs to aerate
3:20 Eyespot blenny—my blenny of the week—typically predictable, easy to shoot, and entertaining to watch
3:30 Crinoid clingfish (Discotrema monogrammum) make a home in the arms of crinoids
3:38 Caverns and cracks in walls are always occupied by various species of Soldierfish (Holocentridae), joined here by Gold-lined sea bream (Gnathodentex aureolineatus)
3:41 Fusiliers are found at the leading edge of every coral reef
3:46 This brand-spanking new tuna boat sank perfectly vertically after being dragged off the reef in a disastrous salvage attempt; it makes for an unusual and disorientating dive site
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