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Fish-eye view research in False Bay

2012-09-24 22:42

Cape Town - Underwater cameras will be used to study marine populations in Cape Town's False Bay, the Save Our Seas Foundation said on Monday.

University of Cape Town researcher Lauren de Vos was using baited cameras to monitor fish stocks and study the population and movements of marine life, spokesperson Peter Verhoog said in a statement.

"The pilot-study with underwater video footage of False Bay is already providing new insights into this biodiversity hot spot."

The study would provide a "fish-eye view" of sea life and would be shared with the international scientific community.

Footage from the False Bay project was available on http://saveourseas.com.

"Showing everyone the value of the seas through real-time video highlights the conservation value of this work and the foundation is proud to support it," Verhoog said.

Using remote cameras to study marine life is advantageous, because the method is relatively unobtrusive and the cameras can withstand depths that divers cannot.

Comments
  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-09-25 12:50

    I cant bear to watch the orcas hunting the dolphins. Last year early in March I think it was I watched from my verandah in Simonstown the relentless orcas going after the pods of dolphins. It was HORRIBLE, I dont want to watch that again. They have been hanging around in the Bay for a long time and this year I have seen very few dolphins! I wonder if its because of the orcas?

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-25 13:09

      Count yourself as very fortunate to have witnessed their hunting. Many would love an opportunity like that. Have seen dolphins on at least 2 occasions in the bay in the last 4-5 weeks

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