Tuesday, January 22, 2008

David Gallo: Underwater astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a shape-shifting cuttlefish, a pair of fighting squid, and a mesmerizing gallery of bioluminescent fish that light up the blackest depths of the ocean.

(Via Peter Watts' blog.)

Don't miss the octopus at the end.


dr. x said...

Of course, using the color and shape-shifting capabilities of the octopus as an example, this all raises implications for the cryptoterrestrial hypothesis, i.e., if "they" are here, how and where are they hiding?

Well, if as the speaker said, 97% of the ocean floor is still not thoroughly explored, and we keep finding new and elusive ocean species all the time, then there could not only be myriad places to hide deep within the ocean, but also underground, or even under the sea floor, or in other very remote areas of our planet.

Couple that with a possible terrestrial species whose general intelligence is more advanced than our own, and that may have the ability to shape-shift, go invisible as needed, or even slip temporarily into another dimension for disguise purposes, to avoid being seen clearly or detected in general, and the question that's raised is, even if there were even a serious, concerted effort to detect and find another form of advanced non-human intelligence, whether terrestrial or not, would we even know how or where to look?

I would suggest, speculatively speaking, of course, that we would not be able to tell "they" were here, even if one was standing right next to me as I type these words. I find that a somewhat disturbing and simultaneously intriguing idea.

W.M. Bear said...

"Psychic invisibility" is a time-honored method of concealment in occultism. It works by telepathically inducing a negative hallucination in someone (that something which is there isn't....)

W.M. Bear said...

In fact, I have a Jungian dream-analyst friend who is actually quite adept at this little trick. He always amazes the shit out of me by seeming to appear from nowhere. (Wish I knew how it's done!)

Mac said...


I'm jealous!