Check out this amazing video of False Bay, which includes footage from special underwater cameras that have been installed on the sea floor for research purposes. With such a unique marine environment, our local waters offer a fascinating insight into a whole other world.
South African inshore fisheries collectively account for the capture of over 600 fish and shark species, but the logistics associated with long-term monitoring mean that the conservation status of less than 20 of these species is adequately assessed.
Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) have been put in place to help identify fish and sharks in False Bay, the first survey of all the bay’s habitats. This will increase our understanding of the animals that can be found in the area, both for scientific research, as well as for educating the public. According to Save Our Seas, who are project sponsors: “This project offers a phenomenal opportunity to close a gap between scientists, fishers and the public, while obtaining sound scientific data that will guide conservation decisions in one of South Africa’s most utilised and valuable coastal bays.”
Lauren de Vos is a researcher at the University of Cape Town’s Marine Biology Research Centre, and part of the team that is co-ordinating the BRUVS in the False Bay project. Apart from the choice footage that has come from the BRUVS cameras (remember the thieving octopus?), she teamed up with her friend Otto Whitehead to produce these beautiful videos, which portray the beauty and wonder of the oceans, and remind us all why we need to protect them for future generations. Grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.