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Colorful small marine creatures from the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia and Anilao in The Philippines, two locations in an area known as the Coral Triangle, which hosts a high diversity of marine life. The video features many species of fish, seahorses, crabs, shrimps, nudibranchs (sea slugs) and tunicates. Many of these creatures are exotic and rare.

There is a subtitle track containing the names of the marine life featured in this video. Here's the full list of the species:

0:08 Flame Scallop (Ctenoides ales)
0:16 Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)
0:24 Soft Coral Crab (Hoplophrys oatesi)
0:32 Sexy Shrimp (Thor amboinensis)
0:40 Leach's Compound Ascidian (Botrylloides leachii)
0:48 Chromodoris annae (nudibranch)
0:56 Compound Ascidian (Botryllus sp.)
0:64 Redspot Dwarfgoby (Trimma halonevum)
1:12 Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus)
1:20 Giant Spearing Mantis Shrimp (Lysiosquillina lisa)
1:28 Coleman Shrimp (Periclimenes colemani)
1:36 Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix)
1:44 Gorgonian Shrimp (Hamodactylus cf. Noumeae)
1:52 Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
2:00 Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
2:08 Cuthona sibogae (nudibranch)
2:16 Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator)
2:24 Soft Coral Porcelain Crab (Lissoporcellana nakasonei)
2:32 Hydroid Decorator Crab (Inachidae family)
2:40 Juvenile Redspot Sponge Crab (Lewindromia unidentata)
2:48 Mosaic Boxer Crab (Lybia tessellata)
2:56 Leach's Compound Ascidian (Botrylloides leachii)
3:04 Striped Bumblebee Shrimp (Gnathophyllum americanum)
3:12 Nembrotha lineolata (nudibranch) gills
3:20 Goniobranchus hintuanensis (nudibranch) rhinophores
3:28 Glossodoris cincta (nudibranch)
3:36 Hippolyte dossena (humpback soft coral shrimp)
3:44 Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.)
3:52 Doto ussi (nudibranch) with egg mass
4:00 Green Ascidian Shrimp (Periclimenaeus storchi)
4:08 Halimeda Crab (Huenia heraldica)
4:16 Tunicate Crab (Pinnotheridae family)
4:24 Zebra Lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra)
4:32 Zanzibar Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica)
4:40 Wire Coral Shrimp (Xenocarcinus tuberculatus)

I shot some of this footage while diving with YOS Dive Lembeh - Eco Beach Resort and NAD-Lembeh Resort in the Lembeh Strait, north Sulawesi, Indonesia. I shot the rest at Anilao in Batangas, The Philippines while diving with anilao PHOTO hotel and with Crystal Blue Resort. Thanks to all the dive guides and critter spotters who helped me find these amazing creatures.

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod of http://www.incompetech.com for the music track "Inspired" which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing with Keldan Luna 4X lights or FIX Neo 1000 DX SW II lights. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens and a Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. On some shots I used a Nauticam Compact Macro Converter CMC-1.

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http://cuttlefishcountry.com Each Winter, Giant Cuttlefish gather in their thousands near Whyalla to court, mate and lay their eggs. The only known place in the world this can be witnessed is in the shallow waters off Point Lowly, in the upper Spencer Gulf of South Australia. A relative of squid and octopus, this animal's intelligence and versatility is amazing to behold. Adult males strobe zebra-patterns along their mantles and down their tentacles, stretching out to impress the females and contest other males for their attention. Smaller females can be selective about the paternity of their young, mating several times, storing sperm packets from several males and finally selecting the father according to her own preferences. After mating and laying, both male and female Giant Cuttlefish die, making their population particularly vulnerable to commercial fishing and environmental change. If the animals are fished before they reach the breeding grounds, they will have never had the opportunity to reproduce! 

There are presently a number of multi-million dollar proposed industrial developments pegged for the same strip of coastline by Point Lowly, and fierce opposition to the developments has arisen from community groups, scientists and conservationists. Immediate risks to the cuttlefish include damage to their organs received from low frequency sound (the product of construction and shipping) and the potential for raised salinity, a direct bi-product of the desalination process, altering the delicate conditions their eggs require in order to successfully hatch. 

This story is being explored in detail in the forthcoming danimations documentary film 'Cuttlefish Country' (working title) due for release in October 2011. Directed by Dan Monceaux and produced with Emma Monceaux, the film will survey the current state of play on the Point Lowly developments, and the extreme differences of opinion and agenda at work. 03:07

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