Encountering Sea Monsters

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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.

To order a copy of Encountering Sea Monsters, visit the NATURE Shop.

Online content for Encountering Sea Monsters was originally posted December 2005.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated by
TIM MATHESON

Produced by
SUE HOUGHTON

Written by
JANET HESS

Edited by
CHRISTINE JAMESON HENRY

Videography by
BOB CRANSTON
PETER KRAGH
ANDY MITCHELL

Executive Producer
KEENAN SMART

Supervising Producer
KATHRYN PASTERNAK

Music by
WILLIAMS-BIONDO MUSIC

Production Manager
KENNETH HARRIS

Research
JONATHAN SACKS

Associate Producer
BECKY BEAMER

Post Production Supervisor
ROCHELLE BADEN DuBROWA

Post Production Manager
TARYN LUNTZ

Assistant Editor
CHRISTOPHER TUSS

Graphic Design
RICARDO ANDRADE

On-line Editor
JIM SHEEHY

Post Production Coordinator
JA SHIA

Colorist
DAVE MARKUN

Sound Design
ROB FRITTS

Mixer
ROB FRITTS

Stock Footage & Stills Courtesy of:
BOB CRANSTON
MARK NORMAN, PH.D
JULIAN FINN

Special Thanks
Dr. Mark Norman
Julian Finn
John Forsythe, M.S.
Mark Thurlow
Shallon Marine
Kungkungan Bay Resort
Alberto
Canadian Hydrographic Service

For NATURE:

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
PATTY JACOBSON
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producers
GIANNA SAVOIE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

On-line Editor
DAVID NOLING
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Inc.

 

Web Credits

PRODUCER
Daniel B. Greenberg
Mary Hope Garcia

DESIGNER
Michael DiMauro

PAGEBUILDING
Brian Sanatlone

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Production Assistant
DIANA COFRESI

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Brian Lee

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.

About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.

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