NATURE’s Encountering Sea Monsters follows Bob Cranston in his quest to film and understand the world’s most mysterious cephalopods.
Imagine coming face to face with a cannibalistic creature that is as tall as you are and has long tentacles, a razor-sharp beak, and skin that flashes with bizarre, dazzling color. NATURE’s Encountering Sea Monsters does just that, as underwater cameraman Bob Cranston explores the remarkable world of marine creatures called cephalopods. Cephalopods include squids, cuttlefish, octopi, and nautili.
Cranston and top marine scientists dive in waters from Indonesia and Mexico to Australia and Texas, meeting up with a variety of cephalopods — from the tiny but deadly blue-ringed octopus to the giant Humboldt squid, known for its aggressive behavior, flashing light shows, and cannibalism.
Join Bob Cranston as he fearlessly reaches out and interacts with some of the ocean’s most fascinating life forms.
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Online content for Encountering Sea Monsters was originally posted December 2005.
Production Credits Print
CHRISTINE JAMESON HENRY
Post Production Supervisor
ROCHELLE BADEN DuBROWA
Post Production Manager
Post Production Coordinator
Stock Footage & Stills Courtesy of:
MARK NORMAN, PH.D
Dr. Mark Norman
John Forsythe, M.S.
Kungkungan Bay Resort
Canadian Hydrographic Service
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive In Charge
A Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Inc.
Daniel B. Greenberg
Mary Hope Garcia
Photos for "First Glimpses of the Giant Squid" and "Dancing with Devils" © Brian J. Skerry. Photo for "Introduction" © George Grall. Photo of blue-ringed octopus for "Interview: Dr. Mark Norman" © Gary Bell/PictureQuest. Other images from Encountering Sea Monsters.
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