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Mike Boom's No-Frills Video Page

Welcome to a simple page of short underwater videos. My goal is to help viewers experience being underwater without the bulky scuba gear, heavy tanks, or spitting in your mask.

I shot these videos in various locations around the world that include Monterey Bay and other locations close to my home in the San Francisco Bay area, California. The newest videos are are hosted on the Laughing Eel channel on YouTube and are in 1080p high-definition. Watch them in full screen with HD turned on for the best viewing experience.

The newest videos on this page are in 1080i HDV format, represented by widescreen images. You'll want a broadband connection to view them. They play back best on Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player. If you're having trouble viewing, check here for some viewing tips.

The older videos on this page are in 480i standard definition, represented by 4:3 aspect ratio images. They're also designed for playback using Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player.

Please enjoy!

- Mike Boom

P.S. If you have comments, questions, or want to be notified of new Laughing Eel videos or events, send me some (email mike (at) laughingeel dot com), or subscribe to the Laughing Eel channel on YouTube. Send me email as well if you want to use these videos for any purposes other than your own viewing. Thanks!

Now: new informal videos posted on the Videos On the Fly page.

Cruising octopus The Way of Water: The Inside Passage. (5 minutes, 41-meg file.) Fast currents, cold murky water, amazing animal life! Where are we? Alaska & British Columbia. Narrated. Also in 1080p high-def (229-meg file).

The story behind the video.

Green anemone Hidden World. (4 minutes, 34-meg file.) Just off shore of Monterey, California, is a world of brilliant color hidden beneath murky green waters. Narrated. Also in 1080p high-def (229-meg file).

The story behind the video.

Fiji: A Swim Through the Garden. (4 minutes, 41 seconds, 37-meg file.) A leisurely look at the lush coral gardens of Fiji and their colorful inhabitants. Music video. Also in 1080p high-def (205-meg file).

The story behind the video.

Komodo Beneath the Waves. (3 minutes, 26-meg file.) Past the dragons, down to the shore, into tropical waters teeming with fish. Narrated. Also in 1080p high-def (140-meg file).

The story behind the video.

Green Water, White Mirth. (3 minutes, 25-meg file.) Large predators stalk divers in California waters. Narrated. Also in 1080p high-def (128-meg file).

The story behind the video.

Of Forests and Rivers. (3 minutes, 26 meg file.) Wend your way through kelp forests and rivers of fish off Catalina Island, California. Narrated. Also in 1080p high-def (185 meg file).

The story behind the video.

An Ocean in Motion. (3 minutes, 24 meg file.) Coral reefs and schooling fish in the crystal Caribbean waters of Belize. Music video. Also in 1080p high-def (176 meg file).

The story behind the video.

A Snail's Pace. (5 minutes, 38.6-meg file.) So what's crawling around under that wharf in Monterey? This is your chance to find out. Narrated.

The story behind the video.

Why We Visit. (3 minutes, 24.4-meg file.) Follow pasty-legged tourists into the teeming waters of southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Narrated.

The story behind the video.

Up Close In Fiji. (5 minutes, 37.3-meg file). Up close and personal with the small and colorful sealife under sparkling Fijian waters. Music video.

The story behind the video.

Magnificent Soup. (3 minutes, 23.4-meg file.) A quick tour of California waters featuring footage from the Channel Islands and Monterey Bay. Narrated.

The story behind the video.

Down and Dirty in Northern California. (3 minutes, 23.1-megabyte file.) A glimpse through cold, murky waters at bright and active invertebrates in Monterey Bay, California. Music video.

The story behind the video.

Burning Bright. (5 minutes, 36-meg file.) Why all the bright colors in coral reefs? Something's not quite right here. Footage from Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Narrated.

The story behind the video.

All content copyright 2001-2011, Michael Boom.