By The Time I Realized What Was Happening, I Was Hypnotized!!


Australian PhD student Daniel Stoupin has created one of the most visually stunning scientific short films that I’ve ever seen. In Slow Life, Daniel puts the amazing lives of corals and sponges on display via thousands of close-up macro photographs spliced together. When viewed at high speeds, these seemingly lifeless aquatic animals become hypnotizing masters of change and disguise.

“Life has a very broad spectrum of speeds. While we associate plants and even faster creatures such as corals with something still and immobile, particular lifeforms would be hard to even perceive as living objects at all,” Daniel wrote on his blog. “Our brains are wired to comprehend and follow fast and dynamic events better, especially those very few that happen at speeds comparable to ours. As colorful, bizarre-looking, and environmentally important as we know corals and sponges are, their simple day-to-day life is hidden. Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion, and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus closer to our awareness.”

Slow Life has won multiple awards, including the Visual Science Award at the 7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival. Daniel has also taken exquisite macro and micro photos of other undersea animals and has even released a similar short film called The Hidden Life of Pond Water.

Corals are are marine invertebrates that typically live in compact colonies, while sponges are multicellular organisms with bodies full of pores that allow water to circulate through them. This short film is definitely making me want to go snorkeling or scuba diving just to get a closer look at these fascinating creatures.

Although they look like plants, corals and sponges belong to the animal kingdom.

“Plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms make life on Earth possible and do all the hard biochemical jobs,” wrote Daniel.

Daniel hopes that this film can inspire others to learn more about marine ecosystems.

After watching Daniel’s video, I’ll never look at coral reefs the same way again!


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