Streamed live via KBS on July 22, 2019.
When I saw this program, I became instantly curious when I heard how much the person (the documentary director) talked to Il-woo. So I asked and paid my tutor to translate it. I’m so glad I did as it is so interesting! So again, if you are copying the English translation from my site, please give credit as http://www.jungilwoodelights.com. Thank you!
Green = Il woo
Normal = the director
0:32 Today, I am here in Jeju, filming Wild Map. Here is Seongsan Ilchoolbong, I will introduce you a gentleman who will be with me today. Please introduce yourself.
0:48 (can’t hear the first part)
0:53 about 7 years I have been filming animals and life in here. I am a documentary director.
1:03 today we are here and we are observing many things.
1:12 is it filming underwater now? What are we filming now?
1:16 the glass tube you see under there is the one put last year, and fish got in there and laid eggs and protecting it now. I am filming that now.
1:27 and dear viewers, I am sorry but my position is not so comfortable here to stand because we are filming underwater. It may look arrogant but I can’t do anything about it. So I am sorry about that.
1:42 first, I heard here, the ebb and flow of the tide is quite big. How big is the difference approximately?
1:52 the height can be from 3,4 meters and up, but as you see the thing looks like an island. (yeah yeah) That is not visible when the water is high, and when the water is low we can go there by walking.
2:08 wow, I get it. Then we may see what it looks like without water soon.
2:15 for today, I think now is the lowest water time. (ah now..)
2:18 a bit later, the water will come higher.
2:19 ok. Guys, I am doing live and checking your replies, so I will be thankful if you ask something you are curious about.
2:30 Now, I am observing the Elegant blenny, and I think it looks like you installed the tube here, right?
2:39 yes, last year I filmed a documentary and I saw these guys laying eggs near here. When you look at here, there is worm shell looking like this glass tube, and I saw they laying eggs on top. I tried to put glass tube in similar location thinking that they will go in and lay eggs there.
3:01 I thought because the glass is clear, I could be able to see the eggs better and that’s why I installed it, but because it is transparent, the fish did not go inside. (laughs, yes yes)
3:10 and about 1 year later, many things stick to here and there and now it looks like the worm shell, and then finally they went in and laid eggs.
3:20 oh, that’s interesting. I think they lay eggs in these holes.
3:28 correct. There is this worm shell, and the Elegant blenny is usually 5cm length, they are very skinny and long.
3:42 but why is it called 앞동갈베도라치(elegant blenny)? Is it because in the front they have lines looking like tigers, and this side, they have very light tails and they look different, that’s why they are called this way.
3:54 these guys, I am curious if the nature is designed like this way or not, fits perfectly well with the worm shell’s shell. Their body shape it is.
4:06 As I can see in my eyes. And what I am curious about is, in fact, here the ebb and flow of the tide is very severe. Then… in fact, fish need water, but even without water they can survive?
4:24 year, that’s true. Today is not the worst day so the water is still above the glass tube, but when you see side, there are already many… (yes, I see them) …here they also lay eggs. If that’s the case, they can still survive outside of water.
4:43 As I saw from last year, even with strong sun light, for around 4 hours they still guard here. (oh, even without water) yes, outside of water. (to protect eggs!) yes, true.
5:03 these guys, the father is guarding.
5:09 oh the male. Then they have strong father’s love!
5:15 usually, the moms leave after laying eggs
5:18 ah, moms leave
5:19 and the males are protecting the eggs. And it can be considered as fathers love. And during the time, they never leave the house, protects the eggs till the end.
5:32 then the reason why protecting eggs can be because of the enemy, or lack of oxygen, etc.
5:40 yes, true
5:41 it can be something to do with giving nutrition.
5:44 you said correctly. The eggs already have nutrition inside like any eggs. But you said the other two important things. Enemy and oxygen. Especially enemy can be crabs, and other fishes, if the father doesn’t protect it, other animals can come and eat them. Eggs are very nutritious so it can be very good prey for other animals.
6:19 and I think there is reason why they lay in the shallow water. When the water is low, other fish can’t come close. That’s why they lay in shallow water and even if they are revealed out of water, they still endure it and protect them.
6:37 the other is that, as you said, oxygen is very important. When there is no oxygen, eggs die. So the father fish keeps moving tails do there can be enough oxygen.
6:53 ah, I get it. Now, Han Surim asked “what is today’s animal?”. Today we are observing “elegant blenny”. And here is in front of Seongsan Ilchoolbong.
7:09 in fact, until yesterday, there was a typhoon. My schedule was delayed and I was worried what if we can’t have filming today. And in fact, here, the nature is very wild and easy to change.
7:22 a few moment ago, it rained a lot and the sun came out and we were not able to see the hill but now we see it. I can really feel the nature personally.
7:34 Jeju is an island , there is big halla mountain, and ocean currents come here the first, typhoon also comes etc, so is always in unpredictable environment. I think that is the reason why there are various lives here. It is because lives always adjust the environment they like, and if the environment is diverse, the lives living there can be diverse according to that.
8:05 then, what are the lives inside the holes? I guess there are many types of them. I am considering crabs as well.
8:16 the reason why Jeju has diverse life is that there are a lot of holes in the rocks. The little ocean animals like to live in a small place like holes. So they can hide in there from other big animals. These little holes are important for them to mosturize their body etc.
8:52 I think it is hard to say how many species are living in here. I guess among fish, goby, gunnels love these little holes.
9:02 so they usually lay under the stone, holes and during the summer they stay there and protect them.
9:12 before today, I put my feet on the tide pools. Even there, there were many sea lives. Here is also very interesting.
9:23 here is called “coronate moon turban”
9:33 can you see it? What is it?
9:36 this is a type of snail. When you upside down, the cap looks like an eye. And that’s why we call them “눈알고둥”(eye snail in Korean) These guys have something interesting. When you see outside, there are something green. It is called “고등옷대마디말 (Cladophora conchopheria)” . What?
고둥(snail shell) because it is covering the shell, and 말 usually means sea grass or algae, but when you zoom in with microscope it looks like bamboo
10:20 we can’t see with our naked eyes.
10:22 yes, we can never see them , but in microscope, it looks like that. This is Cladophora conchopheria. Interesting thing is that they exist only to this shell’s outer shell.
10:35 oh that’s so interesting.
10:38 things right next to it are totally different ones. They live only sticking to this shell.
10:47 that’s so interesting. Good bye!
10:55 special thing about this area is that there are many algae. (algae)
Yes, sea grasses means plants living in the sea. (yes) we usually call them sea grasses, but they are not correct term.
11:11 is it? Then what is the correct term?
11:14 Algae. Sea grass means something like tree and greens live under the sea the same way.
11:28 but most of the things we see like these are really different livings to those plants we are talking about. (of course)
11:34 These are really far living things from the plants, so we must call these algae, not seagrass.
11:42 There are things included as algae. Common Eelgrass, looking like grass in the sea. We should call only that one as algae.
11:52 I did not know these Korean terms well, but this was a Korean learning time. Ah, algae. Yeah, algae are everywhere. And please introduce us about the living things near here something we can see with our bare eyes.
12:08 the one right below our feet.
12:11 wow, what is this? It looks like a clam
12:13 this is Black limpet(흑색배말), it is also called “삿갓조개”.
12:24 they look similar to shells but if they have screw shape shell, this one has shape of a plate up side down. Similar to this will be something like abalone.
12:37 ah… abalone.
12:39 yes. They are similar to this one.
12:41 if you detach this, the camera will collapse.
12:43 oh, I see. I get it. I wanted to show the viewers but the camera will fall so I can’t.
12:48 yes, I fixed it there, so….
12:51 and, I told you that there are many algae in this place, that’s very important. Because here, it is made of rocks. But we know most of these water and land meeting places as beach with sticky mud, (yeah, mud) but the word ‘beach’s wider meaning is everything near the ocean.
13:22 oh really?
13:23 yes, flat seashore, we call them as “갯벌(beach)”
13:30 Among beaches, there are mud beaches, also where do we go swimming in the summer?
13:44 sand beaches.
13:45 oh yes, sand beaches.
13:47 there are beaches made of sand, and there are rock beaches like here. And way more variety of living things are in the rock beaches, than the sticky mud beaches.
14:00 oh, is there any reason?
14:02 sure, the algae, they stick to the floor. All the animals such as shells, snails, etc cling to the floor. They can cling to there because it is rock. (yes, if it is sand, they will go inside of it)
14:21 yes, in sand, if they don’t go deep down, they will be washed away with the tide. (ah, I understand). That’s why in sand, only those who can go deep under the sand can live there. In rock beaches, there are many lives that can cling to the rocks, and especially in Jeju island, they have many holes so there are a lot of lives who can go in a live.
14:44 and the plants, the basis of ecosystem.
14:51 if there is tree and forest, there can be deer and stuff. The same way, In ocean, there should be a lot of algae so there can be other lives near there. In that sense, if it is not a place with rock, algae can’t live well that being said why rock beaches has a lot of diverse lives here.
15:10 and now I got a reply from Choi song hyun. “Hi, Il woo. I am filming in “Bomok socheonji.” Now we will change clothes and go underwater and film there. Fighting!”. She said.
15:30 in fact, it is very windy. So be careful and I give you “fighting!”
15:41 and now, Choi song hyun is filming in another place, where is bomok socheonji?
15:53 That’s also a popular place in Jeju. why is it called “socheonji?” where is “cheonji”?
16:03 Baekrokdam in hallasan. Cheonji is in Baekdu mountain (in North Korea). The volcanic lake in Baekdu mountain is called Cheonji. And here, it looks like that Cheonji, that’s why.
16:14 ah, because it looks like that.
16:16 when you take a picture, it looks like Cheonji. That’s why it is called “socheonji”, small Cheonji, and for that reason photographers love this place.
16:28 I should also go there once.
16:31 yes, especially when it snows in Halla mountain, the top is covered with snow. And when you go there in a not windy day, we can see the reflection of it on the water of the lake. (it reflected) yes, and it looks much spectacular in that case. To take that scene, there are lines of photographers in the snowy winter.
16:55 but the reason why it looks like a lake is that it is a puddle also surrounded by peaks. It is a quite big puddle. Here, as you can see, if the water is not really low, it is always connected to the sae but there, if the water is not full, it is always disconnected from the sea. Only a part is connected to sea, so it looks like a lake where the water is always stored.
17:25 Today, We are observing elegant blenny. Oh, it came out!
17:36 when you look at this camera, you can see the head. (the head is out, finally it is out.)
17:45 when the water is completely out, they have to survive with the water inside, that’s why the male is keep moving and supplying air.
17:59 it came out more!
18:04 today, it rarely sees its appearance.
18:06 indeed, I thought we will not be able to see it until the end of the live. The one you are seeing now it elegant blenny.
18:16 it would be nice if the whole body is shown.
(I added this part coming up)
This is what the fish looks like:
This is what they show in the video:
18:21 well, now the water is going out so.. (yeah, the water is out) that’s why we can see it sometimes, and can’t see other times.
18:32 this is so interesting that a fish can survive without water. I came to Jeju about 5, 6 times and I came to visit beaches just for fun, and It feels like we see more things as we know more.
18:54 usually we say like this. We see the tree, but we can’t see the forest. Here it is more like the opposite. We see the scenery and outside but we don’t focus on the little things in here.
19:10 sure. In fact, we can’t even distinguish if they are living things or just stones.
19:17 when I am out to film, some people just come here and say “nothing to see” and just go. (sure) I met someone just before, other people sit silently and look at one thing for a long time and say “wow, it is really fun here”
19:37 yes, for me, it is fun and interesting. It’s been around 10 years since you came to Jeju, right? (yes) What is the most attractive thing in Jeju?
19:56 for me, before coming to Jeju, I filmed fish in freshwater. And when there is a tide, it is hard to go in even though I can dive. Like here, we can only observe 30 minutes to 1 hour maximum.
20:24 place like here where water and land meets, you can observe the whole day (yes) so when you observe here, you see more new things. And we were not well informed about the fact the elegant blenny lays eggs in here, and I found it while I was filming it, and how the worm shell eats food were not well known before. They eat using something like web and catch things. I found this while I was filming about the sticky web. They are produced in their feelers/antennas. In fact, not all the scholars know or research about everything.
21:14 getting to know one by one is more fun.
21:17 yes. So I feel great when I find out some new facts.
21:22 here, we have a crab. What is that red thing? It is interesting here. Red. there are some fish here as well.
21:33 the one below there? (yes) it is a type of “blue crabs” (but they are red). They are normally have more blue color, that one, I can’t really think of its name now but it is a part of blue crabs. It is similar to the crabs we eat for our dish, and they are served in seafood restaurants.
22:03 When I come to Jeju, I thought of something big fish etc, but today we are seeing this puddle and noticed that this tiny fishes are also very attractive. Guys, I am filming a documentary, KBS Wild Map. It will be on TV from late September. This time, we are in Jeju, the ones we were not able to talk on the live, we will show you on TV, so please wait for our September broadcast. And thank you for having such an informative conversation today. (me too) So please look forward to Wild Map in September, then I will come back again to you guys with the live with new things.
And Jung Il-woo just treated us to these gorgeous photos from Jeju Island where they filmed the video! In this first photo you can see “” which is a volcanic mountain called “Sunrise Peak.”
This is another photo of it I found on the internet. Cr. The Jeju Weekly.
These he posted on Wild Map: