Underwater Observatory

April 2, 2018 | Howard Rickard

Each unit films for 12 consecutive hours, documenting the natural marine behavior. The units also support sensors and other underwater devices, such as receivers, which partner scientists can use to track large animal movements – for example sharks or marlin. Each underwater observatory dataset collected from the sensors and cameras is complemented with bottled samples […]

Each unit films for 12 consecutive hours, documenting the natural marine behavior. The units also support sensors and other underwater devices, such as receivers, which partner scientists can use to track large animal movements – for example sharks or marlin. Each underwater observatory dataset collected from the sensors and cameras is complemented with bottled samples for further analysis. The facility also conducts plankton tows to populate an ongoing zooplankton database, with plans to later match this information with data on larger marine animals and the wider environment. The Underwater Observatory forms part of the Multiple Ecosystem Time-Series.