Featured Videographer | Anita & Guy Chaumette
Movie Producers, marine experts, explorers, environmentalists, educators, authors and speakers on oceanography and marine protection, Guy and Anita Chaumette are the multi-award-winning filmmaker pioneers behind Liquid Motion.
For 30 years, their internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning film production companies have been producing films for cinema, advertising, education and television.
Through documentaries, films, articles, press, public events and their non-profit (Liquid Motion Ocean Foundation), Anita and Guy have become recognised environmental leaders, inspiring and educating people about the critical need to protect and enhance the world’s oceans.
Their films have garnered more than 100 international awards and received numerous prestigious honours and accolades for their contributions to television, science and on behalf of the sea.
When not creating underwater media, Guy and Anita own and operate the Liquid Motion Underwater Photo & Film Academy providing courses in underwater photography and film to guests all over the globe. They also publish regular (free) underwater video & photo workshops & tutorials on their youtube channel, liquidmotionfilm.
The stonefish is a master at social distancing. He is also one of the most venomous fish in the world. But only if you step on him. His dorsal spines project from venom glands along the back and venom is involuntarily expelled when pressure is placed on them. This master at camouflage can literally disappear into any background he chooses. Lying motionless for hours at a time, looking exactly like an encrusted rock, this fish waits for small fish and shrimps to swim by. Then with lightning speed (just 0.015 seconds), he opens his mouth and sucks them in.
Blennies are perhaps the funniest, most captivating creatures on the coral reef. Yet they’re so tiny, that you need a magnifying lens to really see them. Sporting vivid colours and contrasting patterns, these tiny fish have highly expressive eyes. Furthermore, they rarely leave their hiding hole, which makes them an excellent subject for Underwater Filmmakers. As they don't move far, it’s relatively easy to keep them in the frame. To really enable a viewer to appreciate these fingernail-sized fish, a zoom shot that places them in the context of the reef is the way to go. If you are looking for gear to shoot some decent macro footage, remember a good parfocal zoom is a necessity.
Everyone likes turtles. Sometimes these wonderful animals are not aware of how big their shell has become.While filming underwater, we came across this stuck turtle! Trying to push a barrel sponge out of her way was a bit ambitious for her. We amassed a lot of underwater footage, while she pushed back and fore. The blennies seem to be cheering along in encouragement until eventually, she managed to get unstuck!
A little known fact about moray eels is that they have a second set of highly mobile jaws set back in their throat. When a moray attacks a prey, its pharyngeal jaw shoots forwards from the back of the throat to the front of its mouth, where it bites onto the prey, before pulling it back towards the throat. This allows the moray to feed on larger animals, and even on other morays and sea snakes. This extra set of jaws is probably there because the moray is not capable of creating a vacuum to achieve suction feeding as many other fish do. People may think that the xenomorph creature in the 1979 Aliens movie was inspired by the morays unique second jaw, but this highly mobile pharyngeal jaw was only discovered in 2007. This footage of the spotted moray eel’s pharyngeal jaw is extremely rare and to my knowledge quite unique.
Getting stable underwater video footage of tiny gobies running up and down a precarious whip coral is a mission! Beneath the waves, for many, the safest way to thrive is to live in colonies. So the masses get together to share common ground. Corals, sponges and tunicates spread their foundations as far as possible until eventually there's nothing left to hold onto. Growth has to go up. One coral colonies response is to grow vertically like a skyscraper. The whip corals footprint is just the size of a coin. Yet anchored firmly, this bizarre building towers more two metres high. It’s exposed to nutrient-rich water inaccessible below and a great place to live. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. Residents need to handle a constant swaying, sometimes raging current without falling off. While delicate whip corals are interesting in general, it’s the critters that inhabit them which make them worth a closer look. This goby family streamline themselves on a narrow beam, running up and down with the skill of tightrope walkers, unfazed by their precarious home. They shoot into the water column for a snack and play, jumping over each other like children at the playground. The family all have different eye colours, perhaps to distinguish themselves or communicate. A magnifying lens reveals complex patterns of chromatophores, pigment cells allowing them to change colour and match their landlord. Gobies are one of the largest families of fish and like shrimps, have populated most of the city. They have fused pelvic fins, which form a disc-shaped sucker, functioning like the remoras modified dorsal fin - this allows them to colonise bizarre buildings of all shape and size.
In this amazing, never-before-seen underwater footage, a hermit crab is cleaning a scorpionfish, as a part of its daily ritual. We wonder if the crabs are even aware of the fish hidden in such a sophisticated camouflage?
Underwater footage from Revillagigedo archipelago at Roca Partida while diving from the Solmar V, a liveaboard operated by Pelagic Fleet. The ecosystem is very healthy there and the whole area is a protected marine park under Mexican sovereignty.