High resolution video cameras on ONC’s seafloor observatories offer a rare glimpse of undersea life from the northeast Pacific Ocean. Anyone on the planet can visit these unique 24/7 live portals to view the mysterious undersea world. Once in a while, the keen eye of a citizen scientist observes something quite remarkable—like a mass migration involving thousands of tanner crabs.
“Why are these crabs massing at Barkley Canyon?” asked a postal worker from Minnesota. ONC staff scientist Fabio De Leo weighs in on this rarely viewed event.
ONC cameras record thousands of hours of video, all of which needs to be reviewed by human eyes—a daunting task for scientists.
Via the Internet, you can observe the world deep beneath the surface of the sea...with only a few clicks and a pair of sharp eyes.
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For further information about how ONC cameras are being used for deep sea research, contact Fabio De Leo, ONC Staff Scientist, Benthic Ecology