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This short video unequivocally answers that age-old existential question “Do Seals Fart?. Bubbles don’t lie!
Filmed while freediving at “The Aquarium” in Malaspina Inlet, Desolation Sound, British Columbia, Canada, near Powell River. Sept. 29th 2016
A Monterey Sea Lemon is a species of Nudibranch, or sea slug. This little herm (hermaphrodite, both he and she) is only about 1 1/2 inches or 4 cm long, a cute little goober! Usually I only video critters in their natural habitat but this time I wanted to show the movement and didn’t have my underwater housing so I placed this character in a plastic container very briefly then let herm go where I found herm. Shot on Jan. 26th, 2016 on the shore of Pipefish Bay, my backyard!
Nudibranch is latin for naked gills, notice the frilly appendage on the slugs hind end, this is the external breathing organ. The feathery horns on the front are called rhinophores and are sense organs.
Malaspina Inlet, Desolation Sound, British Columbia, Canada.
The FIRST underwater video of Pacific Sand Lance spawning in British Columbia, Canada! These forage fish spawn in the shallows of the intertidal zone during late fall and winter. Also see them burrowing into the sand and popping out. Slow-motion clips reveal the sinuous movements of these lightning fast fish as they flash brilliant spawning colours. New research as of 2015 is documenting their abundance and their importance in the marine food web for a host of critters. Plus I think they are amazing beings in their own right! We’ve only seen a handful in our new bay but we keep looking.
Palm Beach, Powell River Nov 2010
Jellyfish So Thick You Could Walk Across Them!
Tidal currents have concentrated them into our bay this summer and fall, Sea Jellies so thick you could almost walk across them! It’s now late November and the sea jellies, or jellyfish as they’re commonly known, have been changing colour and shrinking in size. The size change is due the lack of plankton to feed on in the fall/winter, and the colour change may reflect the type of plankton they’re feeding on now, but I’m not sure. Hmmm. In the summer they are mostly white while now their gonads and even their bodies have a lavender tint. Fascinating changes and so much to observe and learn every day. It’s great to be intimate with this one little bay on an almost daily basis. I’m getting very connected to this place and the wondrous beings who are my neighbours. Enjoy the jellyfish ballet with music by my partner Jude Abrams.
‘Kelp Creature’ Close Encounter with Humpback Whale
The male Humpback Whale known as Kelp Creature, or KC for short, surfaced near our dinghy in Jervis Inlet near Saltery Bay. Exciting! He’s easy to identify now because his dorsal fin was split by a boat colliding with him, a common and unfortunate occurrence between fast boats and sleeping whales. We’re in our dinghy so the video is shaky, plus I was excited, eh!
Humpback Whales Breaching in Jervis Inlet
These Humpback Whales are in Jervis Inlet, near Saltery Bay, on the Sunshine Coast south of Powell River. They were far away when breaching, about a kilometre, hence the sound reaches us about 4 seconds after the visual! I’ve kept this timing to give a sense of what it’s like to be there. Still exciting!
Humpback Whales Breathing
The sound Humpback Whales make as they exhale and inhale is, well, breathtaking! These two were in Jervis Inlet, south of Powell River. Enjoy. More video to come of them breaching.
Elephant Seal Whisperer
This is the same video as the one below but with a different title which focuses on my soothing talking to the bull so that he goes back to sleep. Is there a different viewing experience for you?
Video of Elephant Seal in Our Backyard!
Finally, here is a short clip of the Elephant Seal bull who was basking on our beach, July 1st. Enjoy his snoring.
More video clips to come, including underwater.
Mysterious Tapioca-Filled Cigars!
Mysterious masses of tapioca-filled white cigars have been appearing regularly in ‘Oyster Bay’! Well, that’s what they look like but they are actually masses of squid egg cases, each about 6-8 cm long (3-4 inches) filled with clear eggs. We haven’t seen the adults yet, they most likely spawn at night.
When they are fresh they are bright white but after awhile they get covered with a brownish algae. We’re not sure how long they take to hatch or what the little squidlets look like, but we keep looking. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to video them and give you a glimpse
We just moved into our new place and in our ‘back yard’ we saw this Elephant Seal bull basking in the hot, hot sun! This guy is the first I’ve seen in BC, they are around but not in great numbers. He let us get close as he dozed and snored, then he let me get very close underwater as he would breathe up then sink to the bottom for a quick snooze as he slowly made his way out of the bay. He looks HUGE underwater, seems like over 3 metres (10 feet) long and many times as heavy as me!!! Intimidating . . . but he wasn’t aggressive at all. The water is very murky with plankton so I had to be within about 4 feet to get video.
We’ll call our bay “Oyster” Bay to keep the exact location a bit of a mystery but locals will know where it is.This was the best house-warming gift and it was on Canada Day too so we celebrated this amazing country with him.
Okeover Inlet, Desolation Sound, Powell River Region, BC, Canada July 1st 2015.
Stay tuned for some video clips, in a few days.
Cutthroat Trout in McFall Creek
Cutthroat Trout juveniles in abundance in McFall Creek where Island Timberlands is clearcutting the green heart of Powell River, BC, Canada! These trout are in danger from cutting too close to the riparian zone of the creek which is at least one tree length from the stream bank (50 metres here), so the trees can provide shade, water filtering, leaves for feeding the insects which trout feed upon, and then when they die trees can fall into the creek and provide shelter and moderate stream flow for the trout.
May 9, 2015
Googly Eyed Herring Eggs
Googly eyes rotating inside these herring eggs are so cool!! How many can you see moving? Eyes are the only part of the developing herring which has pigment. When they hatch the bodies are transparent. And they are 5 mm long when they come out of a 1 mm egg, so they are really coiled up inside. These eggs are 13 days old. It looks like some may have hatched or they may have been popped in the rough and tumble intertidal zone. These eggs were filmed out of the water at low tide. What a harsh place the intertidal zone is; part of the time exposed to air and drying out by the sun, or possible freezing temperatures, then as the tide rises they’re pummeled by waves and any flotsam and jetsam tumbling about.
Palm Beach, Powell River region, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
Herring Spawn at Palm Beach
Watch the ocean water turn milky and frothy with milt from the pacific herring males, and get a fishes eye view of seaweed coated in tiny white eggs, like tapioca. Why am I excited? Well it’s the first time I’ve seen herring spawning here in the 9 years we’ve lived near Palm Beach and it’s probably the first significant spawn in over 25 years! We’ve been sending out communications to the whales, herring, sand lance, eulachon, salmon and other beings who used to live here in great numbers; inviting them to return in abundance. We’ve been envisioning and praying for healing of the waters and for life to thrive once again. And it’s happening!
Local spawnings all over the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) were wiped out by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. Here near Powell River the issue wasn’t habitat destruction since eel grass, rockweed and other seaweeds are still here; rather it was a massive industrial commercial fishery which wiped out these local stocks, from what the ‘old-timers’ tell me. The last boats hoovered up the herring in 1987, leaving floating bags of garbage in their wake.For short term, big bucks for a few people the herring were wiped out for 25 years!
Herring are one of the keystone ‘forage fish’ (along with sand lance, eulachon and smelt) which feed salmon, lingcod, humpback whales, sea lions and seals, ducks, loons etc. Even Orca benefit since they feed on salmon or marine mammals, which feed on ‘forage fish’. More forage fish means more salmon, seabirds, and whales!!!! Plus they’re fascinating beings to hang out with! Welcome back herring, welcome home!
Pink Spawn ~ Teaser
See spawning Pink Salmon from a salmon’s eye view underwater! Filmed at the very moment when clouds of milt swirl around fertilizing the eggs being laid. Feel the bites and blows as humpbacked males attack each other and females fight over the best nesting gravel!! Drama galore in the ultimate days of the salmons’ quest. You’ll never again think fish lead tranquil lives.
A huge black bear also makes a surprise appearance.
This is a short teaser of a full Amphibiographer episode in post-production, stay tuned for the full story….
Filmed in Eagle River, Powell River District, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
Bear Butt Rub
A huge black bear rubs his itchy butt an a rock as he patiently and courteously waits for me to leave the river where he will fish for salmon. There are hundreds of pink salmon in Eagle River this fall. I had just emerged from snorkeling in the river where I got some magnificent underwater video of spawning pink salmon! People think bears are aggressive, boorish and dangerous but this big guy, who’s bigger than me, proves that’s not the case, in fact I’ve found most bears to be very sensitive. This huge boar could have easily pushed me off the river, if he had been aggressive I certainly would have left pronto, but he waited patiently.
Enjoy! Grin and Bear It!
Sept. 26, 2013 Eagle River, Powell River District, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
Death of a Turtle
A huge snapping turtle momma gets run over by a truck!! It’s a shocking scene but one which is repeated many thousands of times on roads all across North America each year. Some viewers of our People Love Turtles video are very disturbed by this scene so we’re now telling you the full story, so you can be certain we didn’t intentionally kill a turtle for this film.
Don’t despair, it’s not all gore and death however! Enjoy being with a momma snapper as she lays her eggs, and watch her high-stepping across a road looking like a dinosaur!! You can also be a Turtle Helper by learning how to safely move a turtle off the road in this 5 min. video.
Warning: some viewers may be traumatized by the road kill scene, especially young children, so be prepared, this is real life. Parents may want to screen this before letting children view it.
Live Birth of Shiner Perch
Watch Shiner Perch fish babies pop out, perfect little miniature copies of their parents. The babies usually exit tail first, sometimes you can see 2 tails easing out, but one comes out head first. Can you spot it? The babies join swarms of other newborns. Actually they don’t remain babies for long, they are even capable of mating shorty after being born!! Precocious fish.
Not only do Shiners give live birth they engage in internal fertilization! You can see a black coloured male try to mate with Mom at 2:30, just after giving birth. The male does a quick angling of his body toward Mom bringing his genital in contact with her vent, but she’s having none of it, quickly dashing away.
These clips are the result of 4 years of watching during birthing season, and weeks of snorkeling this year, with 5 days of videoing for hours at a time! Murky water, waves, mixing of salt and fresh water causing blurring, tidal currents, thunderstorms etc. made it very difficult to get any decent footage. The glamour of underwater photography :}
Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea/Georgia Strait, July 2013, Powell River area, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
Wrestling Pacific Tree Frogs!
Pacific Tree Frog males wrestling in a contest for females in our front yard pond! Very Local Liquid! You can’t get much more local than a few steps from your door. I caught these guys on video from our deck first, then was able to get closer wit the video light. Usually they shut up and don’t move around when you’re close or shine a light on them but familiarity breeds acceptance and I finally got them on video, after many nights of trying. Taken during spawning season in April/May.
Singing Tree Frogs
Pacific Tree Frog males singing to attract females in our front yard pond! Very Local Liquid! You can’t get much more local than a few steps from your door. Taken during spawning season in April/May. The frogs are also known as Chorus Frogs for obvious reasons : }
Amphibiographer TV Trailer!
Stick your face into the toothy jaws of a sockeye salmon, be nibbled by coho salmon fry and jungle fish, and get pummeled by running the rapids … without a boat! Dive into action with the Amphibiographer, exploring his Local Liquid! “Get Out and Get Wet!” Only 1min 45sec.
“Star Track ~ The Journey” Our New Funny Video
For a few laughs watch this 3 min. video featuring a displaced sea star (starfish) who dreams of the sea and embarks on a perilous journey home. Geography, wild critters and skeletons conspire to keep Estrellita from completing her journey but she bravely continues.
HANGING GARDENS of ANEMONES
Explore weird hanging, slippery aliens drooping from an overhead rock at low tide. Snorkel with the Amphibiographer in Desolation Sound, British Columbia off the Pacific Coast of Canada. Discover colourful red banded and brilliant purple sea stars. Marvel at the feeding apparatus of a sea cucumber which looks like cauliflower florets, but this is an animal!