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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 www.underseaproductions.com/
Manta ray (Manta alfredi) approaching and passing overhead
Exposed reef dominated by Fire coral (Millepora sp.)
Flounder (Bothus sp.) follows Kuhls stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) as the ray feeds and disturbs the sand
Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) in Heteractis crispa anemone
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
Glossodoris electra nudibranch charging across the sand
Target shrimpgobies (Cryptocentrus strigilliceps) prefer the silty sand habitat found in protected caverns and overhangs
Lionfish (Pterois volitans) stalks then eats something on the sand
Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) tending their eggs
Pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) in an Heteractis magnifica anemone form large family groups
"Plucked Chicken" pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) looking around for grub
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
Pair of Decorated dartfish (Nemateleotris decora)
Segmented blenny (Salarias segmentatus) chased away by angry damsel
Porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix) love train
Manta rays (Manta alfredi) feeding at the upwelling in a ripping current
Bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) and Scad
Bigeye trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus)
Chevron barracuda (Sphyraena qenie) circling, Vlaming's unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) waiting below
Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) breaking off and moving rubble, Checkerboard wrasse (Halichoeres hortulanus) hoping for scraps
Flatworm obliviously swimming toward a Java moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), passes without trouble
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)
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
Japan armina cruising the black sand looking for sea pens to eat
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
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"
These Lizardfish (Synodus sp.) were vibrating and slowly changing colours at dusk
Tiny juvenile Star puffer hiding from a strong current behind a small rock
Broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus) are a common reef species
This male Mimic cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus parazonatus) broods a mouthful of eggs that he needs to aerate
Eyespot blenny—my blenny of the week—typically predictable, easy to shoot, and entertaining to watch
Crinoid clingfish (Discotrema monogrammum) make a home in the arms of crinoids
Caverns and cracks in walls are always occupied by various species of Soldierfish (Holocentridae), joined here by Gold-lined sea bream (Gnathodentex aureolineatus)
Fusiliers are found at the leading edge of every coral reef
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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