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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Life in the Deep Ocean

As scuba divers, we are always interested in what lies just beneath the surface of the waves. Arriving at a dive site, we want to know what we might see in the 30m beneath us. Will it be sharks, barracuda, anemone fish? Will there be a surprise like a whale shark cruising past us on the reef like in Egypt?

Beyond that depth, and with the exception of TV documentaries, few of us ever get the chance to glimpse at life in the inky blackness. Until now.

The Eye-in-the-Sea (EITS) was designed by ORCA’s Dr. Edie Widder to find out what is living at the dizzying depths us humans cannot venture. And ORCA's website provides live streaming footage of what happens in front of the cameras on a deep-water mooring in the Monterey Canyon.

Using a cabled observatory, scientists can see their experimental results every day, collecting data continuously for months at a time and stream the video to shore finally providing a live window into the deep-sea.

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