Confessions of a Marine Biologist: Inventing the ‘Fear Frame’


Ever dream of creating something crazy? Crazy becomes reality, as I create an underwater monster to study fear in reef fish.

I decided to run with a crazy daydream: build a massive video camera frame to remotely observe the behavior of many reef fishes at once, within the coral reefs of Mo‘orea, French Polynesia. No marine biologist has attempted this before, and we quickly discover that it might have something to do with the fact that building structures underwater is HARD stuff – especially in rough seas!

Learn more about my life as a marine biologist here:

Learn more about my research in marine biology here:

Complete a short survey after watching here (this helps me make more videos that show the action and adventure behind REAL, cutting-edge science!):

The music was created by my brother, Danny Gil, and his awesome band Downfall 2012:…

Studies on social information highlighted here include: Makris et al., Science (2009); and Vitousek et al., Biology Letters (2007).

Thanks for watching — let’s Get The Secret Out…

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