My friend Ethan sent me an NPR story today about the deepest fish ever filmed, the “snail fish” at over 7,700 kilometers under the sea. Scientists drop a submersible in the water from a boat, it drifts down five hours into the trench, and comes up with footage that they eagerly await. It’s interesting to me how the visual documentation (and video here, in particular) plays such a large role in proving the existence of species that are out of our reach.
Yesterday in the news: the first six legged octopus. From the BBC article:
“Octopuses need subdued lighting and flash photography can be fatal. But a quick-thinking staff member snapped the best picture he could before Henry found a different resting place with his legs tucked beneath him.”
This is the picture circulated with the news story: a privileged view of the hexapus’s underside.
What is the effect of our media practices (especially the lighting that we need to render images) on these animals?