What the World Looks Like (When You're a Crab Net)

A dull maritime tool offers a glimpse of life under the sea. And that life is spectacular.
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This is how one marine explorer summed up the ecosystem that has established itself below the ocean's surface: "Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me."

We have generally taken his word for it.

Thanks to an enterprising videographer, though, we can test Sebastian's claim for ourselves. In late December, Scott Murray had a crazy idea: to attach a GoPro camera to a crab net—and see, vicariously, what the net saw. And what the net saw is pretty amazing: crabs, clawing over food. Rays. Fish, in glittering schools. A FREAKING DOLPHIN.

So whether it is indeed better down where it's wetter may still remain, for the landlocked, a matter of debate. But Murray's crab net and waterproof camera did pretty much prove one of Sebastian's finer points: "Such wonderful things surround you—what more is you lookin' for?"

Hat tip Chris Heller 

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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