Confessions of a Marine Biologist

Adventures aren’t only in storybooks — I live them in remote locations, surrounded by wildlife, where I try to unlock nature’s mysteries (and try to survive to tell the tale). Subscribe and join me — it’s time to get the secret out… I’m Mike Gil, and I’m a marine biologist — a scientist, by profession.

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Anilao Critters 2015

Anilao Critters 2015 from Robert Suntay.

“Here’s a little something to start off your year underwater: frogfish, cuttlefish, pipe horse, spider crab, mantis shrimp and more! The water is sooooo coooooold! But that’s what these critters seem to like! Special thanks to Marcie Melton for spotting the beautiful juvenile hairy frogfish!
Music: Dive by Tycho.”

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A Good Planet …

A Good Planet… from Ron Lagerlof

“This is my 2014 video reel. Shot on RED Epic MX and Epic Dragon cameras in some of the most amazing waters of the planet – Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Mexico (Pacific and Atlantic), Tonga and the Maldives. This film has recently been selected to screen at the San Diego Undersea Film Exposition.”

Slow Life

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin

"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

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Red Sea Highlights

This is a highlight reel mostly from two weeks of diving in southern Sudan aboard the Don Questo live-aboard, with supplementary footage from Saudi Arabia. The central Red Sea (southern Sudan in particular) is a truly fantastic place, home to an array of incredible sharks species, majestic manta rays, massive groupers, curious jacks, schools of barracudas and more. This video was created to showcase the incredible beauty of the region and, more importantly, to inspire and convince viewers that this largely unknown, unfished, and unexplored place is well worth preserving.

Alex Kattan is a masters student in marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He loves the ocean and all its inhabitants, with a particular fascination with tropical coral reefs. He enjoys sharing this passion with others through education, outreach, film and social media. He can be reached by email at

Reef Life of the Andaman

The following outstanding 2 hour video shows the amazing biodiversity of the marine life in the Andaman Sea (in the northeast Indian Ocean). Produced by Nick Hope at Bubble Vision, he again amazes us while introducing us to many rarely seen marine species the way they should be met, in their home under the sea.