Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday TED Talk: David Gallo Shows Amazing Sights under the Sea

In this six-minute talk given at TED 2007, David Gallo shows some amazing footage of the huge variety of life that occupies our oceans -- from the depths that can be reached only in a bathysphere to the tidal shallows. Along the way, he demonstrates in slow motion the astonishing camouflage capabilities of octopi, squid and other cephalopods as they adapt to different environments:

Read more about David Gallo at this page, where there is a link to another of his spectacular TED talks. Then, if he has whetted your appetite, follow this link to a fascinating and very entertaining lecture about octopi given by Michael DeGruy aboard the recently completed Mission Blue voyage to the Galapagos -- a TED-sponsored oceangoing seminar designed to brainstorm ways to halt the deterioration of our marine environments, and to act on Sylvia Earle's TED Prize wish "to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”

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