Run My Little Starfish Friends, RUN!: Ultra-Cold Brinicle (Brine + Icicle) Of Death Kills Everything In Its Path

November 23, 2011


This is a time-lapse video from the BBC of a brinicle doing its thing. A brinicle is formed when brine (extra salty water -- both denser and colder than the sea water around it) makes its way through the ice above and falls to the ocean floor, creating a frozen hollow "sheath" in the process. After hitting the seabed, it forms a frozen "river", killing everything in its path. It's pretty amazing to watch, provided you can get past all the poor starfish getting frozen alive. That's probably why they chose to have David Attenborough narrate the clip. That guy's voice, so soothing. He could tell me bedtime stories about serial killer robots tearing my body limb from limb and I'd still sleep like a baby. "Waking up every four hours to shit your diaper and then cry about it?" Like clockwork.

Hit the jump for the frozen river of death and a worthwhile picture of the setup used to capture the action.


'Brinicle' ice finger of death filmed in Antarctic [bbcnews]

Thanks to R-Man Frostbite, who, WHOA BRO -- YOUR FINGERS ARE TURNING BLACK!

  • MgenGlder

    Damn nature, you scary!

  • Ickolith

    That's pretty 'cool'.

  • cabbo

    The show's called Frozen Planet, and it's filled with stuff like this. And it's David Attenburgh.

    On this same episode you get to see a winter wolf fight a bison. Neither wins.

  • Azariel_z

    Iceman pissing on the ocean...

  • You get so many gadgets, innovations and inventions on here but none of them can get near nature 

  • n11

    That is pretty awesome, love the visuals.

  • That was amazing and terrifying all at the same time.

  • amazing nature its amazing

  • Dy7lan (the seven is silent)

    That'll learn those pesky starfish to tease SubZero.

  • Bubbles

    Noooooooooooo PATRICK

  • PhishyKris

    Sponge Bob on the brain!!  was thinking the same thing. 

  • T Beery

    thank god global warming will stop this crap!!  save the starfish, drive a hummer!!!!

  • Joe Clark

    One of the coolest things I've ever seen!

  • Ryan Daggett


  • Grue


  • Elisha Gilbert

    I felt so sorry for the starfish. 

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