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Mike deGruy: Hooked By an Octopus

06/15/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet.

Mike deGruy was a graduate student in marine biology when he first picked up a 16mm film camera. Thirty-plus years on, his company, the Film Crew Inc., travels the oceans making underwater films for the BBC, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He's dived beneath both poles and visited the hydrothermal vents in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. And as you can imagine, he has collected many stories along the way.

An accomplished diver and underwater cinematographer, deGruy has also become a go-to host and expedition member on shows like the recent Mysteries of the Shark Coast with Céline Cousteau and Richard Fitzpatrick. (He's a regular on Shark Week -- and a shark attack survivor himelf.) But his first passion is cephalopods, and in fact DeGruy and his team were the first to film two rarely seen cephalopods, the nautilus and the vampire squid, in their home ocean.