Below the thunders of the upper deep
March 2, 2017 10:05 AM   Subscribe

Chock full of cephalopod goodness, Aliens of the Lembeh Strait [forceful music] is an award-winning film by Sascha Janson.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (10 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Gorgeous, but I do wish there was a bit more context.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:10 AM on March 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

What the fuck nature? Snakes are not horrifying enough that we need creatures made of eight snakes and creepy clown eyes on top of an old sport sock? Jesus.

Oh, and how can you tell the video you are watching is hosted on Vimeo rather than Youtube? Easy, the end credits are as long as the production itself on Vimeo. (Although to be fair this example wasn't particularly egregious.)
posted by Keith Talent at 11:17 AM on March 2, 2017

I give this eight thumbs up, Johnny Wallflower!

Some context: the small island of Lembeh lies off the eastern end of the northern peninsula of the much larger island of Sulawesi, in northern Indonesia, and the strait in between is famously a macro photographer's paradise. It's particularly renowned as one of the best places to see mimic octopuses (the brown-and-white striped guys that first show up at around 1:19). There's plenty more, though, as the video shows.

Any context is probably of limited use in this case, though, since this is basically dive porn in its purest form. (I approve.)
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels at 11:35 AM on March 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

I really liked that gorgeous little busybody digging itself a hidey-hole at about 1:57.
posted by Caxton1476 at 11:57 AM on March 2, 2017

oh and CokeBottleSquatter at 2:52 is totes adorbz
posted by Caxton1476 at 12:01 PM on March 2, 2017 [3 favorites]

Cephalopods comprise some of the most beautiful, diverse and fascinating animals on this planet. This is gorgeous footage.
posted by byanyothername at 1:00 PM on March 2, 2017

Gorgeous, but I do wish there was a bit more context.

Here is a link to a blog post I created just last week that provides a little more context: The Strangest Square Mile Of Marine Life On Earth
posted by hubs at 3:03 PM on March 2, 2017 [3 favorites]

My takeaway is that it must be an awful lot of fun being a cephalopod.
posted by vverse23 at 3:14 PM on March 2, 2017

This videos does a pretty good job at faking that Lembeh has clear water :)
posted by coust at 4:11 PM on March 2, 2017 [3 favorites]

Thank you, Johnny Wallflower! I was lucky enough to go diving in Lembeh and nearby Bunaken about ten years ago or so. It was soooooo amazing. This really brought it back.
posted by Gotanda at 8:23 PM on March 5, 2017

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