Last weekend, Mike and Matt from SubEye Technologies came to visit us on Saturna Island. Particularly notable for their endeavor to use modern technology to give landlubbers an authentic, diving experience without having to get in the water, some readers may remember them from their “live-dive” a few weeks ago during the Intertidal Safari. They have the technology for two-way communication with divers, coupled with a live stream of what the divers are seeing. They’re work makes it possible for viewers to see and hear the sounds of the ocean, and chat with the divers about what they’re seeing, all without having to enter our chilly, Northeast Pacific seas.
They’re also in the business of doing long-term, underwater camera deployments that can stream live over the internet, such as the seal-cam at Victoria’s Fisherman’s Warf. (Note that, if all you see is green, it may just be a productive time in our seas, making the visibility worse than it would be in less productive areas.) http://www.subeye.ca/seal-camera/ They’re looking to do the same thing for us, here on Saturna Island.
While we’re not streaming the video just yet, Mike and Matt did deploy the camera last weekend, and it’s working well! Here’s a shot of Mike suiting up for the task.
And one of his sea-otter impression.
Can’t you just imagine him with an urchin on his chest, ready to eat? No?
How about now?
But I digress.
Mike took my GoPro on a journey from the surface to the camera platform. Take the colouration with a grain of salt – the image from the GoPro got a little washed out near the surface. When you first see the kelp forest, imagine it in these colours:
Mike also took a really great video of a seastar affected by seastar wasting syndrome. But that’ll be a topic for another post.
Land photos by Lily Campbell. Photo edit and subsea photo by Kristen Kanes. Video by Mike Irvine.