|The GoPro captured this awesome shot of Craig and me|
recovering the camera sled in 2014.
My lab has been messing around with a benthic camera sled on the reef for the past couple years, just going out to collect footage whenever the weather cooperates. The videos offer nice snapshots of what lives on the reef, and we've actually started to notice some interesting patterns.
Today was one of those rare days that the waves were flat calm, so I and two other OIMBers convinced the boat captain to take us out. We ran video transects along the reef at 8 different depths from 30 ~ 80 m. The sled has a GoPro camera in a waterproof, pressure-resistant housing, so it's very simple to use. The only drawback is that you can't watch the videos as they're being recorded, so you never know until later what you actually captured.
Still, it was a great day out on the water. I can't wait to see what the videos hold!