Creature Feature

With an estimated 200,000 species identified in the ocean and many more expected to be found, there is no limit to the creatures that may be featured here. Drawing from the stunning footage that represent the personal experiences of Ocean Futures Society divers, you can expect a few surprises in this regular feature.

Watch Holly Lohuis venture into the Rio Negro with creatures she had only heard about in Amazonian folklore, pink river dolphins ...

Diving in the Amazon River can be a challenging experience. Dark tannin-stained waters, currents, fallen trees and branches can all provide obstacles and hazards. But the mystery of what the water holds compels the divers to explore ...
Jean-Michel Cousteau describes a colorful dive off the Pacific Northwest where cold, nutrient rich water helps support a rich ecosystem with an abundance of sealife ...
Several nights following the full moon of August every year coral species at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, in the Gulf of Mexico, release their egg and sperm into the dark sea ...
Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society team were extremely fortunate to get an up-close look at this most unlikely of creatures in the waters of Papua New Guinea. They were awed by the miracle of evolution that creates such miniature masterpieces ...
Join the Ocean Futures Team in this short film as they go on a night dive into one of these spawning aggregations to witness firsthand the importance of this ecologically and commercially important species ...
Two of the more common marine mammals on the west coast of North America are sea lions and seals. Commonly mistaken for one another, it is easy to distinguish between the two once you know what to look for ...
There are many animals in this world that have evolved into strange forms and images, the aardvark and the platypus, for example. Perhaps less known but no less weird is the mata mata turtle. Jean-Michel discovered that although the turtle looks bizarre to him, perhaps the mata mata feels the same about Jean-Michel ...
In the waters off the Hawaiian Islands, odd, black-and-white creatures glide through the dark nighttime sea. These big, strange animals are manta rays, largest of the ray species. As the Cousteaus descended into the darkness to observe the manta rays, plankton were drawn to their underwater lights like moths to a flame ...
At the northern end of the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia lies Rangiroa atoll, a popular destination for divers due to its beautiful reefs, abundant fish and healthy shark populations. Jean-Michel Cousteau traveled with his team to document one of natures great wildlife gatherings at this far-flung island ...