Giant Squid
Posted on January 7, 2013 by

Giant Squid Filmed in Natural Habitat for the First Time

When I first saw the headline I thought it was a repost from the first time scientists captured footage of a giant squid, but as it turns out this is entirely new. Scientists in a submersible vehicle captured footage of a giant squid in its natural habitat, apparently between 600-900 meters underwater, for the very first time.

The only video I could find is the one below of someone filming the footage shown on Japanese television. Hopefully a better copy of the video will be released soon.

They spotted the squid at a depth of 630 meters using a submersible in July, some 15 km east of Chichi Island, part of the Ogasawara chain. The submarine with three people on board, including Tsunemi Kubodera from the museum, followed the enormous mollusk to a depth of 900 meters as it swam into the abyss.

The creature was about 3 meters long, but was “estimated to be as long as 8 meters if its two long arms had not been chopped off,” Kubodera said. He gave no explanation for its missing tentacles.

He said it was the first video footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat — the depths where there is little oxygen.

Kobudera, a squid specialist, also filmed what he says was the first live video footage of a giant squid in 2006, but only from his boat after the creature was hooked and brought up to the surface.

The giant squid, known as Architeuthis to scientists, is sometimes described as one of the last mysteries of the ocean, being part of a world so hostile to humans that it has been little explored.

via Japan Times

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World Record Barramundi
Posted on January 5, 2013 by

World Record Barramundi

The Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) has been pretty high on my fishing bucket list for several years now. I believe I first saw one on an episode of Real Fishing with Bob Izumi back in the 90’s and I’ve dreamt about them ever since. They are considered one of the strongest pound for pound fighting fish in freshwater, tipping the scales at 100 pounds. That’s a lot of fight!

This world record Barramundi was caught December 2012 by Denis Harrold was 44.6kg (98.3lbs), breaking the old world record of 37.85kg. It measured in at 135cm (53.1 inches) with a whopping girth of 107cm (42.1 inches).

What makes this even more impressive is that it was caught from a Kayak!

via Outdoor Life

Posted on January 2, 2013 by

The Fish Tornado

This is one of those moments where being in the right place at the right time can create some truly amazing video and photography!

For the past three years, San Diego-based photographer Octavio Aburto has had a specific photo idea brewing in his mind. He wanted to photograph the incredible underwater tornado that forms when massive groups of fish congregate to reproduce. This past November, he finally got his photo opportunity while diving with his friend David at Cabo Pulmo National Park in Mexico. The beautiful 24-second video above shows what Aburto witnessed.


Posted on December 18, 2012 by

Only the River Knows – Trailer

The main part of the film takes place by the legendary Lethe River on New Zealand’s wild and wondrous South Island. Back in 1988, one of the most iconic fly fishers of our time, Lars Lenth, spent three months exploring the fabled river and fishing for its abnormally large trout. At night, he would sit down in a remote cabin and write down his experiences in a journal.

Nearly 25 years later, the young trout bum Rolf Nylinder looses his way in the wilderness near Lethe. By chance, he finds the long-lost journal, full of insights about the very soul of fly fishing. Along with Rolf on the trip is documentarist Peter Christensen, filming their mostly failing attempts to catch trout, and Rolf’s ever-growing obsession of the journal.

Official site for “Only the River Knows”

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