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#1 RWBrooks

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

Found this happening the other day: It's a bit early for them to be doing this, (should be Jan and Feb) but doing it they were, 2 days after Bopha had gone through, which is why the viz at times is so bad. This is a quick edit to a song by Pearl Jam I had going through my head as I was filming. As an indication, the long wide shot at 2:34 has approx 1800 to 2000 Moorish Idols in it. Just about every surgeon/unicornfish in the local area must have been there along with the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish (Hipposcarus longiceps) too but they stayed very deep.Enjoy.Richard

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Edited by Drew, 08 December 2012 - 07:22 AM.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

yes, quite early in the season. Always my favourite time in Palau is school time!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

Awesome- moorish idol shot rocks!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:16 PM

The moorish idols are just nuts. Amazing quantities of them, and you got some killer shots, especially with the shark in the background.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:28 AM

Moorish Idols... holy craptastic!

Nice one Rich

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

Great stuff.

By why leave in the plastic bag at the end? Seems a bit incongruous with the rest of the footage...

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

You'd be amazed how much plastic is in the ocean Peter. Far too easily it gets there too. People need to be reminded.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

You'd be amazed how much plastic is in the ocean Peter. Far too easily it gets there too. People need to be reminded.


Richard, I know all about plastic in the ocean. I've done two documentaries on the topic. One was distributed to 3,000 schools across Thailand to encourage kids to encourage their parents to reduce plastic waste. I was not saying that we shouldn't be reminding people all the time about plastic in the ocean. Just did not seem to fit with the storyline of your "Sex on the reef" video...
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:30 PM

Peter I thought it was interesting to juxtapose a lively "sexy" reef with pollution, which can stop that sex in its tracks. Certainly more visual food for thought than a standard video. Although I'm not too fond of the Pearl Jam soundtrack. Posted Image However, it did suit the frenetic pace of the schooling fish.I have to add that HDV look is very distinctive.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:11 AM

I'd have preferred sex and rubber ...

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

No tires that day thankfully Dean. Next time maybe just for you! But lets hope I don't get the chance.
My intention with the plastic Peter is not to preach to the choir. This film was edited with a broader audience in mind.
My point really was as Drew said, to have a contrast from life at it's peak of productivity to a scene devoid of life and a visible culprit for it. I admit I've used that shot before in connection to a turtle that was mouthing the lens which might be a closer connection.
Maybe it's just my style to show something great and then give a jolt about our responsibility for it. The next film will do the same. I won't apologize for that. I see so much destruction on the reefs here from careless people it makes my blood boil.
My apologies to you though Peter if I came across as patronizing.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:13 AM

Great stuff Richard!

Wow looks like the Typhoon definitely stirred things up!

We were actually just talking about Palau last night. The recollection of dozens of sharks herding huge schools of Moorish, Unicornfish and Scad has been burnt into my memory so deeply that I still consider it my best all round diving experience. Wonderful shots! Posted Image

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Cheers Simon,
Stirred things up is the understatement of the year! Some sites have a thick layer of fine sediment all over the reef, with the viz around 3m. Looks like a Christmas Card, German Channel is going to take a while to recover. Conditions on this day were terrible, ripping in-coming current with all the fish aggregating at 20m in a nasty down-stream current on the opposite side of the plateau.
Looking forward to the next half moon and hopefully a repeat of this action in better conditions......

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