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For World Oceans Day 2018, we were tasked by National Geographic Australia to help bring the ocean live to people's devices. Initiated by National Geographic contributor and photographer Michaela Skovranova, the idea of following a diver around the ocean, streaming the video live to the internet, and enabling the diver to explain what they see, grew quickly into a engaging project.
To prepare for the live stream, a film crew on the surface was organized, the Trident Underwater Drone was linked up to a streaming station, and an underwater communications system using full face masks was set up to facilitate communication with the diver .
Starting at 6:30am, around a dozen or so people set up shop at Clifton Gardens, a tranquil park in Chowder Bay, Northern Sydney. The infrastructure was set up quickly. Shortly after, a small team of divers got into the water for a comms check, and an internet connection through multiple 4G modems was established. Soon everything was ready.
We went live right at 8:30am. To start off, Michaela introduced the viewers to the Planet Or Plastic initiative by National Geographic. Our drone pilot Dominik Fretz then explained the technicalities of Trident, and the dive commenced soon after.
Roughly 2,500 people total tuned in to the live stream, and the video has been viewed by 23k viewers to-date. You can watch it yourself below.
You can learn more about the dive and view pictures of the day on Open Explorer here.
"...extremely pleased with its performance, capabilities and how user friendly it is. We have been using it quite often since it arrived, for cage maintenance inspections, seafloor bottom benthic monitoring, and recently we have used it to check on our mooring and anchor systems which are in deeper water than our divers are allowed to go."