Eye in the Sea

In case you missed it.  The first ever deep-sea web cam is up and running.  I said the FIRST EVER DEEP-SEA WEB CAM.  I don’t even need to go to sea now!  I can just view the deep from desktop.

The ORCA’s Eye in the Sea was installed in the the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (my old stomping grounds) MARS (Monterey Accelerated Research System).  MARS is basically 20km of power and ethernet cords running into the deep-sea from shore.  At the end is hub where you can plug in a camera, various scientitic equipment, and a blender for daquiris.

You can watch video of its installation at MBARI’S website.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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4 comments on “Eye in the Sea
  1. Whoa… That is so, so cool! Let’s get a hydrophone down there next! (And then I can pop some popcorn and watch/listen all day long.)

  2. Thanks, now I’m totally addicted. Would love to see a mention of scale, such as the width of the ‘frightened jellyfish’ light, and some images of the regular cast of characters to help me get a handle on id’s. In a perfect world they might establish a discussion forum, or at least an FAQ. Suggested info: depth, lat/long, temperature.

  3. the part of the metal frame (including the e-jelly – as they call it) that’s in the picture is 19,5 inches across. they had installed two parallel lasers in order to have a precise measuring instrument, but in a test they did the other day only the right one was working.
    (yes, we’ve been watching pretty obsessively, and received some very friendly insights after writing to the research team. they’re working on a blog or at least a twitter of some sort. given that they’re understaffed, seems like the perfect project to crowdsource…)

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