The underwater channel

By Amy Middleton 24 July 2009
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This hypnotic video of the second largest aquarium in the world puts in a good word for underwater viewing, Canon’s 5D camera, and viral web marketing.

Remember the phenomenon of the fish-tank channel? The endless footage of fish and other tank inhabitants that was so hypnotic, it became background screen entertainment in living rooms throughout Australia during the 90s?

This video made by Canadian film producer John Rawlinson and currently getting huge circulation on the viral web, works to the same principle.

The film, entitled “Kuroshio Sea”, observes the second-largest aquarium tank in the world, located at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Japan, for just over four minutes. Sounds simple, but the underwater scene proves to be beautiful and fascinating, with a surprisingly sedative effect.

But the video doesn’t only showcase the Japanese aquarium and Rawlinson’s filmmaking skills – it’s a plug for the Canon 5D Mark II, the hardware responsible for the dazzling picture, and the band Barcelona, who provided the soundtrack, and are receiving sudden attention following the film’s escalating popularity.

Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world

The video also advocates viral marketing on the web, which has led to the 540,000-odd views “Kuroshio Sea” has accumulated on the YouTube network alone.

Without further ado, watch the video and let us know if it leaves you feeling blissful.

“Kuroshio Sea” by Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video, watch it HERE.