Encounters with Bioluminescent Creatures

Scientists describe the amazing bioluminescent creatures they encounter as they descend into the deep--siphonophores, ctenophores, and viperfish--in this Smithsonian/History Channel "Deep Ocean Explorers" video excerpt.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I was told that commercial fishing in the Santa Barbara Islands Channel, from 1970's up to recent years, was done by means of bioluminiscent location of schools done in the air by a pilot in his airplane. I'm not sure but most fish now may have disappeared, though the fishing flotilla grew ever bigger from that time up to the 1980's when I moved away from the area. I discovered this most casually, by commenting with a flying friend at SB airport how many radio antennae this plane had. He explained to me that its owner pilot-observer would watch, identify and radio in to the fishermen, the direction, quality (species) and estimated quantity of fish, and draw ca. 30% of catch as his pay-check. Santa Barbara flotilla grew geometrically in size these days. I'm not sure how they are doing now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I was told that commercial fishing in the Santa Barbara Islands Channel, from 1970's up to recent years, was done by means of bioluminiscent location of schools done in the air by a pilot in his airplane. I'm not sure but most fish now may have disappeared, though the fishing flotilla grew ever bigger from that time up to the 1980's when I moved away from the area. I discovered this most casually, by commenting with a flying friend at SB airport how many radio antennae this plane had. He explained to me that its owner pilot-observer would watch, identify and radio in to the fishermen, the direction, quality (species) and estimated quantity of fish, and draw ca. 30% of catch as his pay-check. Santa Barbara flotilla grew geometrically in size these days. I'm not sure how they are doing now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This video is 128 seconds long but the last 46 seconds is nothing but credits.
That must break some kind of record. 36% of the video is credits.