Watch: Explore the Ocean Floor in Real Time By Robot
Whether or not deep sea travel is your thing, you can explore the waters off the shores of Hawaii without even getting wet. Until September 30th, a team of researchers working on a project called Hohonu Moana: Exploring the Deep Waters Off Hawai’i will be publicly broadcasting their travels via ocean floor-crawling robots. The voyage is focused on gathering baseline data to support preservation efforts of the local water ecosystems. The livestream video was an educational move, hoping to bring the team's scientific efforts into the classroom. Coincidentally, it serves as the perfect mini mental vacation.
The team will travel around the Hawaiian Archipelago to investigate the underwater ecosystems and analyze any potential habitat risks. Videos from the robots are all in real time, and data pulled from the footage can also been seen by YouTube viewers. The journey is currently in its second leg (until August 22nd), which focuses on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
There are currently two camera views—check them out below:
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