View Into the Blue
 

Antarctic Cam- McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory

View Into The Blue designed and built the world’s first live-streaming, underwater observatory in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. The McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory (MOO) offers a candid glimpse into the frigid and remote environment below the Antarctic sea ice in the farthest southern accessible marine environment in the world. The system was deployed on November 11th, 2017. The University of Oregon’s Dr. Paul Cziko, lead researcher for the project and onsite technician, collaborated with VITB in the design and build of the MOO system that was installed in McMurdo Sound.

In addition to a VITB’s camera system, other sensors will record essential data. A research-quality OceanSonics icListen hydrophone is included that will record the first, year-round hydro acoustic record for McMurdo Sound. A SeaBird-37 CTD will provide valuable salinity, pressure, and temperature data, which has never been recorded on a yearly basis. VITB also supplied on-demand LED lighting that will improve imaging capabilities of the system. This will enhance the likelihood of viewing weddell seals, orca and minke whales, and various species of penguin.

The MOO serves to characterize the benthic habitat and the underside of sea ice, to provide real-time surveillance of oceanographic conditions, and to observe underwater ice growth dynamics as they relate to freezing risk in Antarctic fishes. The site will also allow for the year-round observation of fish and invertebrate behaviors. Finally, this project will form a baseline dataset of temperature, which may be important to understand the effects of climate change. 

 
 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Artificial Reef - Navarre Beach

The recorded video below shows some recorded footage of bait balls just off the beach at Navarre, in the Florida shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The artificial reef aggregates enormous numbers of fish and turtles. The Navarre Beach Science Station uses the camera for education and public outreach.

 

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Reef Squid - Grand Cayman Reef

Who could not love these amazing Caribbean reef Squid, Sepioteuthis sepioidea?

 

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Bahia Honda State Park

This is a Teens4Oceans Project and the charter site for the now widely used CleanSweep™ PTZ self-cleaning webcam system. Trevor and Teens4Oceans, working closely with Dr. Billy Causey and Dr. Dan Basta, both Directors with the National Marine Sanctuary Program, and Don DeMaria, a commercial diver and fisherman, deployed the first of many versions of an underwater, live streaming webcam at the park. The Bahia Honda State Park site was chosen based on the natural history of the goliath grouper in this area. Don DeMaria became involved due to of his vast knowledge of the goliath grouper, and he continues to work with Teens4Oceans and this project. He was also instrumental in supporting the implementation of the 1990 moratorium on the harvest of the goliath grouper, which is still in effect today. The camera system at Bahia Honda State Park is in place to this day, although with many upgrades and changes taking place over the years including the addition of a VITB Science Node with pH and two temperature probes. The live stream from Bahia Honda State Park is fully powered by on-site solar and wind infrastructure and is located on a bridge structure.

 

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Dry Tortugas National Park

This live streaming webcam is within the marine protected area of the Dry Tortugas National Park. The camera and feed, provided by Teens4Oceans, serve as outreach for the park’s many visitors and the public, and are part of the Teens4Oceans Goliath Grouper Project. At the park, along with vibrant seagrass communities, large sea turtles use the park’s protected beaches each summer to bury their clutches of eggs, and the Sooty Tern’s only regular U.S. nesting site resides nearby on Bush Key.