Underwater in Antarctica

The Australian Governments “Australian Antarctic Division: has produced a wonderful 8½-minute film of video taken by a submersible camera under the sea ice of East Antarctica. It’s full of colorful life down there, and I bet a lot of these species haven’t yet been described and named. The action ends at 4:58 and then there’s explanation.

How many groups can you identify? Did you see any fish?

 

42 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I noticed that I didn’t see fish. (Other than starfish.)

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      There were (at least) a couple of bony fish in the second go through.

      • Tim Harris
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:29 am | Permalink

        They are in both go-throughs…

        • Diane G.
          Posted December 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

          I realized that after I typed it. What happened, of course, is that I didn’t see them till the second time around. 🙄

  2. Merilee
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Sub ( as it were)

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      LOL!

  3. rickflick
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    As a recreational diver, the view down there was familiar but also quite strange. Very colorful as well. I thought I recognized several classes of animals, like the sea cucumber, and crinoids and coral. Probably not familiar species. I could not identify any fish at all. The seal looked as curious as the human explorers.
    The underwater footage seemed to be repeated (two runs through) before the interview.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure if those “blue parasol” organisms were crinoids. Filter feeders for sure, but I don see the arm-branching I associate with crinoids. But my search image is biased to the fossils.
      The seal did look confused. But also proprietorial. Did you see the tooth scratches where it’d been keeping the hole open? Weddell seal?
      Yes, very saturated colours. A response to the low light level?

      • Dave
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:12 am | Permalink

        The blue parasol organisms are sabellid polychaete worms. The ‘parasol’ is a Crown of ciliated tentacles extending from the opening of a long tube. In some cases you can see them retract quickly into the tube as the camera approaches.

        • rickflick
          Posted December 23, 2016 at 5:03 am | Permalink

          These are related to the Christmas tree worms we see in tropical reefs(family Serpulidae). They lack the long stem, but react at the divers approach in the same way.

        • Marilee Lovit
          Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

          Some of the blue parasol organisms have a lacy attachment along the tube. Are those separate organisms, attached to the worms? In a few cases of worms with the lacy attachment the blue color of the parasol looks bleached out.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted December 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

          In some cases you can see them retract quickly into the tube as the camera approaches.

          I didn’t see that in the video, but it was definitely in my “search image”.

      • Dominic
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:20 am | Permalink

        Tube worms? Pogonophorans…?

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted December 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

          Honestly not sure. I’ve never seen anything like them in my bubbling …

      • rickflick
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 4:35 am | Permalink

        “saturated colours. A response to the low light level?”

        I don’t think the color is adaptive, just incidental. So, it would not adjust to light levels. The intensity is a response to the temperature of the lighting. I used to date a girl who responded to low light levels by applying additional makeup (but that was about as far as it went).

    • Dominic
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:21 am | Permalink

      http://www.arcodiv.org/seabottom/Worms.html

  4. Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    The diversity, and quantity of life at that temperature is amazing.

  5. CB
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Saw one fish-a goby?- at about 3minutes on the sea floor.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 12:45 am | Permalink

      I saw that, and suspect an old, tired, fishing net float.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Besides the nosy pinnipid at the beginning, I see sponges, and feather duster worms, starfish, brittle stars, and a couple sea cucumbers. I thought maybe a couple small gastropods.

    • Dominic
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:22 am | Permalink

      Latin names?! For top marks Mark 😉

      • Diane G.
        Posted December 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

        Porifera, Annelida, Echinodermata. And maybe Mollusca.

        😀

  7. Posted December 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful scape
    At least 3 fishes

  8. Tim Harris
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Certainly two fish, early on, lying low…

  9. Posted December 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    fish at 3:12 about lower center

  10. Posted December 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of the movie Avatar. Probably the movie setting was inspired by scenes like this.

    • Michael Waterhouse
      Posted December 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      I think you are correct.
      James Cameron has been poking around in the sea for a long time.

  11. Frank Bath
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps fish frightened off by ‘camera predator’?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 12:47 am | Permalink

      Or nosy pinniped behind camera?

  12. Robin
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    It reminded me of Dr. Seuss drawings. Wonderfully colorful and other-worldly. I wonder what he would of thought of this video. He was an atheist, and quite an extraordinary person. I imagine that he would have delighted in these images. What a splendid world we are privileged to witness.

    • Merilee
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      Yes, Dr. Seuss!

  13. Diane G.
    Posted December 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    So beautiful!

  14. Dominic
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Well good luck to those species – they will need it. The rate we are continuing to degrade marine environments worldwide is shocking, added to that climate change. Sunday in the British Isles predicted to be as high as 15C!
    😦

  15. Posted December 23, 2016 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on aspiblog and commented:
    From the Australian Governments “Australian Antarctic Division” by way of whyevolutionistrue comes a truly wonderful video featuring footage from underneath the sea ice of East Antarctica…

  16. Rupinder
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Amazing footage!

  17. Mike
    Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Beautiful, like a garden ,especially those tube worms with the blue fans,I didn’t notice any fish, i was transfixed with the blue fans, the look on the face of that Weddel Seal? in the first few frames was wonderful,seemed to be saying “Can I help you?” in the tone you use at someone being somewhere they shouldn’t.lol

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Watch the substrate a little after 30 seconds in to see a couple of fish.

  18. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    finally took a look – nice choice, thanks.

  19. Flaffer
    Posted January 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I also HIGHLY recommend Encounters At The End of The World, a documentary by Werner Herzog. Though he is entranced by a lot of psychological aspects of humanity, the film has quite a lot of biology, interviews and info about how scientists do their amazing (but seemingly DULL) work, and the cinematography is exquisite.

    • rickflick
      Posted January 2, 2017 at 2:56 am | Permalink

      The complete film is available on Youtube. Excuse me while I watch:

      Encounters At The End of The World.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7edsEUQB-J8

      • Flaffer
        Posted January 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        it is quite the documentary. I also highly recommend Grizzly Man. It’s extremely profound, IMO.


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