I am often surprised and amazed at the inspiring innovations utilizing underwater photography and videography all around the world. For scientists, marine biologists and environmentalists, they use the technology to discover and explore and report their findings. They use the data collected to preserve, promote and protect underwater life we land dwellers can only visit.
Here are some of my newly discovered uses of underwater photography and videography.
A custom made underwater camera worn by a dolphin to find out more about their habitat and day to day lives.
Discovering mini creatures through a new underwater photography trend called “blackwater photography.” Underwater photographers, many of which are marine biologists with a knack for photography, go out in open ocean at night and take pictures of larval fish and invertebrates migrating to to the surface.
The results are stunning and also important as many of the pictures are of creatures never before seen and recording information about the mysterious “diurnal vertical migration” which takes place all around the world.
I continue to be amazed by the Deep-Sea Challenger and underwater photography and videography it provides. This link, via the National Geographic Resource Library is designed for students in grades 6 – 8 and provides a three hour activity with subject matter focusing on “Arts and Music, Earth Science, Astronomy, Oceanography, Engineering, Geography.”
National Geographic has endless information on their websites about underwater worlds, with outstanding images taken by some of the very best underwater photographers worldwide.
This National Geographic link is about a deep ocean Drop Cam which provides, amongst other things, real time data for monitoring the ocean’s biodiversity.
I just came across this great piece from Mosaik Underwater Cameras blog. While I usually just go on their website to drool over the newest underwater photographic technology, I do read there blog as well. I found this an interesting read and thought I would share it with any future marine biologists out there.
Go to “Why Marine Biologists should take Better Underwater Photographs” by Morgan Bennett-Smith. It was posted April 29th, 2021 on the following website.
Please note the images were taken in Thailand, 2011 while I was taking my PADI open water scuba certificate. I so hope to return one day!