Time ticks so slowly on a reef, we'd miss out on all the fun without time-lapse video.

It's easy to forget how our actions affect so many living things. And it's hard to imagine these particular living things are even real.

We operate on a different scale of space and time than animals under the sea.

If we dipped way down beneath the waves, we might see starfish and corals like these, but because we're so big and because we move so fast, we'd miss the real story.

Using magnification and time-lapse photography, filmmaker Sandro Bocci unmasks the otherworldly beauty and strangeness of tiny aquatic lives.


When we see them move, they do some things that look familiar.

Nom, nom.

And they do other things most of us can only sort-of figure out.

We're just starting to face the sheer scale of our impact on the earth.

It's kinda shocking. Big weather changes, big ocean-level changes, fracking earthquakes. There are dozens, hundreds of things to worry about.

And it affects these small creatures, too.

They're swept along with millions, billions, arguably trillions of other life-forms we don't even consider, all caught up in our great wake. As this video reveals, starfish and corals aren't just things. They're living things. With lives. And, though they may never know it, we're stewards of their tiny worlds, too.

Enjoy this peek into their lives:

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Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

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This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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