Citizen scientist spots a hungry elephant seal in Barkley Canyon

by Amanda Kahn

NEPTUNE Canada is an underwater ocean observatory that’s been featured in some of our earlier posts:

Plotting oceanographic data collected by NEPTUNE
Freezing seawater from Cambridge Bay
Listening to whale songs
BC lighthouse temperature and surface salinity data
Data from the seafloor

This amazing resource provides real-time data being collected from several different nodes on the seafloor off the west coast of Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Fourteen-year-old Kirill Dudko watches the live streams of video cameras placed at the sea floor at NEPTUNE Canada’s nodes.  He snaps up portions of the videos, broadcast for the first 15 minutes of the hour, on his Youtube channel (which I believe is this one, but I cannot be certain).  In one of the videos he captured, a female elephant seal slurped up a hagfish in view of the camera, providing the deepest video record of an elephant seal feeding.

All of this he did from his home in Ukraine.  It doesn’t matter where you are, or how far you are from the ocean, there are ways to get involved and get a look at the deep sea!  What wonders will you find?  Check out all of NEPTUNE Canada’s live streams and watch what’s going on on the seafloor!  You can even see the WallyCam, mounted on a rover that explores the seafloor, not unlike the Curiosity rover that is exploring Mars.  Maybe you’ll spot a squid, or a whale, or a sponge (hint: check out the Folger Pinnacle cam).

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