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Coral Reef Live Feeds
The 360 views of coral reefs, as linked below, are fantastic for seeing coral reefs in a snapshot moment, however it’s harder to see just how busy and full of life they are unless you can see them in action. Live feeds are a great way to observe coral reefs in action.
Explore.org has live feeds of things going on all over the world. This is a great place to view some coral reef live feeds. In addition to the live feeds you can also see some short films, videos made from live cams, blogs, and snapshots others have taken. It’s a lot of fun to explore the coral reef, even if you’re not on site to go snorkeling or scuba diving.
Reefcam.tv is another coral reef live cam. You can watch a cleaning station at the Cayman Islands, or click over to Reefcam’s new home at Gaiacam.tv to see even more live feeds of coral reefs.
The Living Sea Sculpture live stream on YouTube is fun to check on every now and then. It is a DNA inspired metal sculpture in Cozumel, Mexico that was put in place to act as a coral refuge. Over time the coral has started to make its home on the sculpture. It’s a slow transformation, but neat to see, and you’re sure to catch a glimpse of different ocean creatures, as well as some divers visiting the sculpture. Learn more about it on the Living Sea Sculpture website.
California Academy of Sciences has their own live feed of their aquarium. It’s a bit harder to capture the details of the reef, but it’s still worth it to check out.
Coral Reefs 360 View
Browse 360 coral reefs and other ocean ecosystems on Underwater Earth. You can explore a wide range of coral species as well as spot some other species that rely on coral reefs for survival. Look for reef features, such as coral bommies, or even locations where humans are creating habitat for reefs with shipwrecks. You’ll even find locations where coral is dying, known as coral bleaching, as well as some of the locations where humans are transplanting coral to encourage growth in the species. There’s a lot to learn just through observation of these coral reef habitats.
For More Information
If you want to learn more about coral bleaching and the plight of our oceans watch the documentary Chasing Coral. Another resource for learning about the future of our oceans is the book World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky.