Post-commute video break: West Seattle’s underwater world

there and back again… from Laura James on Vimeo.

Weary from a long Viadoom Evening #4 commute? Before we get to more of tonight’s news, how about a glimpse into another world – underwater, near Alki? Diver/photographer Laura James has shared more videos. The one above includes a look at other divers using “scooters” (propulsion devices, no wheels and not “ridden”); this one is more sealife-centric, including a tranquil-looking jelly:

light and jelly at the Junkyard from Laura James on Vimeo.

The first one was closer to the Salty’s/Seacrest side of Alki, while the second one, Laura says, was shot off Alki Point.

9 Replies to "Post-commute video break: West Seattle's underwater world"

  • Christine October 27, 2011 (8:45 pm)

    these are AMAZING! Thanks so much for posting!
    What was the gold streaked fish in the ‘Light and Jelly’ vid? Anyone know?

  • Tony October 27, 2011 (9:24 pm)

    Yes thank you TR and all to make this happen. These vids are soooo great!

  • ca October 28, 2011 (7:15 am)

    awesome!! the second video that blue fish/maybe eel? looked like a grumpy old man haha, then again something was crawling on his face. I would be grouchy 2! ;) Thanks for sharing that was neat!

  • bridge to somewhere October 28, 2011 (7:58 am)

    ms. james has a really great aesthetic . . . and good music choices too

  • msc October 28, 2011 (8:58 am)

    Yes, that was a grump ol’ fish ; ) Thank you so much for posting the video. I had no idea how beautiful it was in my own back yard.

  • Mike October 28, 2011 (10:17 am)

    Very cool! Thanks.

  • enviromaven October 28, 2011 (10:32 am)

    Love these vids of our local marine life! Thank you Laura and WSB.

  • DiverLaura October 28, 2011 (11:45 am)

    The golden fish in the jelly video is likely a juvenile Gadids ( Tomcod, Walleye Pollock or Pacific Cod) thank to my contact at the Seattle Aquarium… it is likely a commensal fish in this situation… Commensalism describes a relationship between two living organisms where one benefits and the other is not significantly harmed or helped. the small fish avoids predators but I’m not 100% clear how the fish helps the jelly :)

    The grumpy little man is a sub adult wolf eel that is living right at the end of the public beach on alki (down towards the lighthouse) the critter crawling on him (and the army of them next to it if you look closely) are cleaner shrimp. This is behavior that was apparently suspected but not readily documented here in our cold water (cleaner shrimp and fish are well known in the tropics)

  • sun*e November 1, 2011 (9:00 am)

    It’s always such a pleasure to watch your videos while listening to such great music. Thanks so much for sharing!

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