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Remote multi-camera system for in situ observations of behaviour and predator/prey interactions of marine benthic macrofauna

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Mills, DJ and Verdouw, G and Frusher, SD (2005) Remote multi-camera system for in situ observations of behaviour and predator/prey interactions of marine benthic macrofauna. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 39 (2). pp. 347-352. ISSN 0028-8330

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Animal behaviour; Predator/prey interactions; Underwater video
Journal or Publication Title: New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
Page Range: pp. 347-352
ISSN: 0028-8330
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008 01:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:42
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6728
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