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Remote multi-camera system for in situ observations of behaviour and predator/prey interactions of marine benthic macrofauna
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-26, 11:20 authored by Mills, DJ, Verdouw, G, Stewart FrusherStewart Frusher
There are few options for obtaining information on intra- and inter-species behavioural interactions between marine animals other than direct observation. Underwater video and infrared lighting can be used to overcome some of the biases and limitations associated with diver observations. We outline the assembly and application of a multi-camera underwater video system consisting largely of moderately priced components produced for the security surveillance industry. Signals from up to eight cameras on the seafloor are processed on a floating pontoon into a single video stream and transmitted to a remote monitoring station for viewing or recording. High-red and infrared lights are used for night viewing to minimise disturbance. Experiments incorporating this system have provided high-quality data on predation and behaviour of lobsters.
Publication titleNew Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research