What would we find if we could watch the lives of marine animals from their point of view?
Since 1986, the National Geographic Crittercam team has been answering just this question. Their job is to put harmless cameras on the backs of marine life to uncover a world we are only rarely privy to seeing.
The first Crittercams were inspired by the way sucker fish adhere to sharks, and since then their design has been refined to harmlessly attach to a wide variety of creatures to help us study them in their natural environments in a non-invasive way.
We will start off today with an explanation of the importance of the National Geographic Crittercam to scientific research as it is deployed on a beautiful giant manta ray. National Geographic is an EWC favorit, Check them out!
The shots that the National Geographic Crittercam captures are not just beautiful, they tell us a lot about species that are often difficult to study.
Whale sharks are one of these hard to study species. We have known of their existence since the early 1800s. However, their breeding and migration habits are almost a complete mystery. This next short clip comes from an expedition that set out to test the deployment and performance of Crittercams on these magnificent creatures as a preliminary test to larger scale research.
Here we are, up close and personal, with these magnificent giants, also brought to us by National Geographic…
We couldn’t leave you without one final video featuring one of EWC’s favorite creatures, humpback whales. This final video captures a fascinating behavior called bubble-net feeding. This is a cooperative feeding method by which whales work together to capture their prey in a net made of bubbles for easy feeding.
Thanks to the National Geographic Crittercam, we get a never before seen glimpse at this remarkable teamwork in action…
We hope you enjoyed this up-close glimpse into the world beneath the waves! If you want to see more incredible images from beneath the sea, check out our article on the Nautilus Live project, an incredible live feed from deep sea exploration!
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- “Watch: Camera Put on Giant Manta Ray for First Time Ever.” YouTube. National Geographic, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpYOUKSt7o>. ↩
- “Watch: Putting a Camera on a Whale Shark.” YouTube. National Geographic, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Mar. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3CwHFJhdkE>. ↩
- “Whale’s-Eye View.” National Geographic. Crittercam, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2016. <http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/crittercam/whale_humpback_crittercam?source=searchvideo>. ↩