Burial

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Seafloor teeming with life – as seen from end of the Dive sequence – with diverse sponges and algae of various shapes, sizes and colors. Tiny particles (white cloud) sink through the water towards the bottom.

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Small shockwaves, possibly from an earthquake, rock the undersea environment. The arthropod Sidneyia is seen walking towards camera while several Marrella individuals swim through the water.

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Camera starts ascent showing the benthic community from above. Mud flow moving fast in the distance and burying everything along its path.

A single large predatory arthropod, Anomalocaris,swims away from the approachingĀ  mudflow, and rapidly passes camera, avoiding being engulfed by a split second.

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Moments later, the mud flow reaches camera, covering the entire community, including the tallest Hazelia and Wapkia sponges.

End of sequence.

Total length = 26 sec.