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Birth of the Seahorse
Octopus Goes Coconuts


Seahorses have an interesting reproductive cycle. The female seahorse deposits her eggs in the male’s pouch where they are incubated for several weeks. Then the eggs hatch and the male seahorse “gives birth” to tiny seahorses that are miniatures of the parents.  Edi’s very rare scene of a male seahorse giving birth to the tiny seahorses was shot in a grass bed off the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia.  Having the luxury to return to a dive site pays big dividends. As master of the liveaboard dive boat Pindito, Edi Frommenwiler gets to know the animals of the reefs and alternate habitat sites on the ship’s itinerary.

In his second piece, Octopus Goes Coconuts, Edi captures the charismatic coconut octopus using discarded coconut shells.  This octopus species, Amphioctopus marginatus, was recently discussed in a scientific paper about the extremely rare behavior of tool use by an invertebrate. Edi’s footage raises the question: Is the octopus using the discarded coconut shells for locomotion in addition to protection? 

After fours years’ apprenticeship as a mechanic, Edi Frommenwiler packed a backpack and left his native Switzerland to travel the world. He started as a long distance truck driver between Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. He left that job to tour the world for two years then worked for eight years as an adventure trekking guide. He made his first dive in Thailand in 1984, which led, ultimately to the launch of the Pindito project in 1990. Operating since 1992, the Pindito liveaboard dive boat pioneered diving in the eastern area of Indonesia, known today as “Raja Ampat”.  

Edi has been shooting video since 1994, starting with Hi-8, progressing through DV, HDV and now captures with a Red camera. His extensive archive, containing more than 15,000 clips, is available through www.reefclips.com.




 Major funding for Sensational Sea Two DVD was provided by the Carrow Foundation.