Watch starfish flee an icy finger of death

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26 Responses to “Watch starfish flee an icy finger of death”

  1. BarBarSeven says:

    Yakety Sax Plz. Ok thx! G-bye!

  2. Shibi_SF says:

    Oh wow. This is amazing! Having just spent the afternoon in the warm mellow south Pacific Ocean, the brinacle is shockingly awesome. The BBC has captured frigid beauty.

  3. tickticktick says:

    Somebody spilled the Ice-nine.

  4. dawdler says:

    That is truly fantastic.  Thanks for sharing that.  Gotta this to the boy tomorrow morning.

  5. Palomino says:

    Now I don’t feel so guilty about  sprinkling salt on slugs. 

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Sea urchins are adorable when you speed them up.

  7. DaveP says:

    this is an awesome video.  so are the starfish actually dying?  it seems like if you can cut off one of their legs and they’ll regenerate it, maybe they can survive a little bit of freezing action.

  8. Rider says:

    Fleeing?  They seemed to actually walk into and get frozen.

  9. michael b says:

    Amazing…and all the more interesting to listen to with the David Attenborough, bringing fond memories of HS science class and trying not to fall asleep.

  10. Brainspore says:

    They got the description of the video a little wrong. The X-Men were out ice fishing and Bobby Drake just had to take a whiz.

  11. Ben Ehlers says:

    Good to hear that the BBC Foley Department is still earning their keep. 

  12. Shai_Hulud says:

    wow. It’s like “The Day After Tomorrow” underwater. Run from the super cold water dudes!

  13. Peter Ellis says:

    Personally I found the following few minutes even more astonishing – cold, deep, high-pressure water being stirred up from the depths and freezing in a layer across the sea bed as the pressure is released, encasing everything there.  Then, chunks of this break off and float up to the surface, carrying seabed wildlife up and embedding it in the underside of the surface ice.

  14. Textuality says:

    Poor little starfish. :(

  15. feltmountain says:

    Fascinating and yet I know this is going to give me nightmares. I did not appreciate seeing starfish move at that speed, I already find underwater creatures freaky enough. I can’t help my fear :(

  16. Humble Badger says:

    Fuck science this is ice sorcery against the evil starfish hoards. Really cool!

  17. Adam Norman says:

    What’s with the sound effects? I’m of the opinion that documentaries should be as close to reality as possible–adding sound effects throws the whole project into doubt. What else did they fake? 

  18. Ranting Nerd says:

    That’s scarier than White Walkers.  Winter is coming!

  19. Amphigorey says:

    I’ve done a small amount of scuba diving in Monterey (12 dives), and even that little bit of experience makes me appreciate the mad skills that filming this required. This was cold Antarctic water, under an ice sheet, a good distance away from their entry point, and they had heavy equipment to carry.  It’s an amazing accomplishment.

  20. 10xor01 says:

    Now teh starfish can go ice-skating for Xmas!

  21. Linley Lee says:

    I felt so sorry for the poor little starfish.

  22. Kimmo says:

    Wow, that’s a seriously cool bit of convection right there.

    Awesome stuff.

  23. Ewan Frater says:

    i was sat watching this with my dinner on my lap after getting home from work (in a science lab ironically enough). one of the few times that my jaw has just dropped and gone wha wha wha? looking at the tv.

    the mind just boggles about everything to do with it.

    obviously just the sheer fact that it even happens is mindboggling. literally a column of ice comes down (almost like  a bolt of lightning) and kills everything in it’s path.

    but then you get to thinking about the fact that it was only within the last century that human beings even managed to get to the south pole let alone make a video of what the hell happens under the sheets of ice.

    this entire phenomenon can only have ever been seen or contemplated or in any way conceived of in the very recent past. And yet it has been occurring, unobserved, for thousands and thousands of years.

    it’s almost like creatures coming out of the sea and going “what in the shitting fuck, birds fly!”

    maybe that’s hyperbolising but what the fuck, i was sat there with my dinner on my lap and my jaw on the fucking floor.

  24. Are the starfish randomly moving around or are they “fleeing” the brinicle?

    There’s a morbidly disturbing beauty in seeing starfish entombed in glassy ice…

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