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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

161. The eggs of the Murex sea snail (Chicoreus ramosus)


Subject: Like a Venetian Murano crystal chandelier; These crystal-like tubes hanging from the sealing of a rocky overhang are not a strange aquatic life form but the eggs of the Murex (Chicoreus ramosus) sea snail. The females of these big molluscs (here in this clip they are hanging against the sealing of the rocky overhang and covered with reddish-brown algae) can lay over 4000 of these capsules over a period of more than two months.

Technique: Although biologically very interesting, shots like these miss suspense and action in order to keep the audience engaged. To retain the spectators’ attention we created a series of short individual consecutive shots and limited the total length of the clip.