Friday, September 02, 2005

New Deep Sea Camera

There is a new type of camera being used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration .

The camera, as reported here uses a dim, red light to view the deep sea creatures. This is different than the normal cameras in use today, those use bright lights that could possibly scare away or harm the creatures they are trying to study.

The red light used by the camera is thought to be invisible to creatures of the deep sea. I guess, in theory, making the camera invisble as well.

It seems that they have had some luck with this method already, as the camera was attacked by an previously unknown squid. A large one.

This is exciting becuase this possibly could lead to photographic evidence of many deep sea creatures. Like the Giant Squid for example. Which has never been caught on film alive. Well, not in adult form.

Who knows what discoveries this technology could lead to. Hopefully, there will be some exciting results from this. One can hope.

Comments on "New Deep Sea Camera"


Blogger Hal Weaver said ... (7:41 PM) : 

From the article - "They left the 200-pound camera on the bottom. When they returned it had been upended, but they don't think that was done by the storm. The camera was 1,800 feet deep, where storm effects would be minimal.

They think a large predator probably upset the camera. Unfortunately the battery had run down so they didn't get a picture of it."

OK then, can't wait till they get a clear shot of some weird and big. Thank's for post this.



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