Underwater Highlights


Shark Camera - Frying Pan Tower

Frying Pan Tower lies 35 miles off the coast of north Carolina. Teens4Oceans is working with explore.org and three scientists to study shark movement and behavior around the light tower’s four structural legs. A series of acoustic telemetry receivers and two HD cameras will allow student and scientists to study the movement and migratory behavior of tagged sharks over the coming three years.

The demersal fish fauna of the South Atlantic Bight includes a speciose assemblage of fishes that are extremely ecologically and economically important. This group of fishes includes greater than seventy species, which are managed collectively by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) as the “snapper-grouper complex.” This fish assemblage represents one of the most economically important fishery resources of the United States. This underwater webcam at Frying Pan Tower (FPT), approximately 35 miles offshore of Cape Fear, North Carolina, gives scientists and the interested public an unprecedented , real-time view of this fish assemblage. The bottom fish assemblage is dominated by groupers, large species of snappers, hogfish, and many species of porgies and grunts. In addition this bottom assemblage of fish contains many large-bodied sharks.

Coral Spawning - Grand Cayman Reef

This project was made possible by a collaboration of several groups. Thanks to a generous donation from the Gates Family Foundation, Teens4Oceans installed a VITB CleanSweep™ self-cleaning camera system, a science node system, and an autonomous buoy solar and battery-powered system. T4O worked with VITB and Ocean Frontiers, the dive shop located at theCompass Point Dive Resort, and Stephen Broadbelt, Co-Founder and Partner of Ocean Frontiers to complete this part of the project. Most recently, the four lights needed for viewing the coral spawning were donated by VITB, in addition to additional solar and battery powering systems.

Two of the lights were installed to make viewing of the coral spawning possible, as well as to provide a once a week nightly viewing year round. The two additional lights were installed to conduct coral fluorescence health monitoring research at 405nm and 450nm excitation. This research will focus on comparing fluorescence of the coral in relation to water temperature, pH, and salinity, and other factors such as major weather events.

Underwater - Grand Cayman Reef

The recorded video below shows highlights of live underwater webcams being operated by volunteer camera “zoomies”. or over four years, “zoomies” have entertained viewers by capturing exciting events and organismal behaviour, while providing interpretive content and educational and scientific research insight.