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Catlin Seaview Survey

The Catlin Seaview Survey is a global science and communication project - recording and revealing our rapidly changing oceans.

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline - we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection.In response to this issue, the Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.More from the project can be seen at

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About 7 weeks ago 360 Panorama: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

In 2010 Jason deCaires Taylor revealed MUSA (MUSEO SUBACUATICO DE ARTE) to the world. Click into this #PhotoSphere and see some of the human statues that sit in 8 metres of water off the Mexican island of Isla Mujeres. The sculptures are pH neutral and are covered in live corals and sea grass, they attract marine life and many snorkelers and scuba diver too (you can see them on the waters surface).

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About 13 weeks ago PhotoSphere: Whales Sharks in Mexico

Last year we surveyed the waters off Isla Mujeres on Mexico's Caribbean coast. This is a hot-spot for whale sharks sightings and on this particular day there were around 50 of the creatures in the water. Click into this interactive #photosphere  and see what our SVII-S camera captured.

About 2 weeks ago Coral Reef Time-lapse

University of Queensland Marine Biologist Daniel Stoupin recently released a stunning edit of corals captured by time-lapse cameras fitted with macro lenses. Many of the sequences make for brilliant gifs just like this one. You can see the full video here:

About 7 weeks ago 360 Panorama: Cozumel, Mexico

This #photosphere  was captured by Christophe Bailhache at the Columbia Deep dive site in Cozumel, Mexico. Christophe says that he was so focussed on driving the SVII-S camera along the reef that he didn't notice the large turtle that you will see in this image until it was right next to him.

Click into this photosphere and look around this section of the Mesoamerican reef.

About 13 weeks ago Mobulid intelligence

Reefrage captured this image of a pair of Eagle Rays on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. These mobulid rays are some of the smartest fish in the sea - their brain to body size is unmatched. They are inquisitive and make clear eye contact with you in the water. Sometimes their eyes drill right into you. What are they trying to say?

About 6 weeks ago 360 Panorama: Cozumel, Mexico

Come take a dive into this #photosphere , created by our SVII-S camera, and have a look at an underwater cave at Santa Rosa Wall dive site, Cozumel, Mexico.

About 5 weeks ago An old loggerhead turtle

We encountered this old #loggerhead #turtle last month while testing survey equipment at the Heron Island Research Station. Loggerheads can live for well over 50 years and will weigh well over 120kgs when fully grown. The largest recorded specimen weighed in at over 400kgs, imagine that!

About 9 weeks ago Amazing time lapse video of organ pipe coral extending its polyps.

It was created by Dr Pim Bongaerts (our deep reef specialist) who's currently with us on Heron Island helping us develop long term time lapse cameras for the project. 

About 8 weeks ago Dash to the Ocean

During our trip to Heron Island last week to train the new recruits, we encountered many #turtle hatchlings emerging from their nests beneath the sand. Once they reach the surface, they scramble down the beach to begin their life in the ocean. 

Adult females will return to the exact same beach where they hatched to nest, which is why it is so important to conserve turtle nesting spots.

About 8 weeks ago Nudibranch timelapse

Another fantastic #timelapse from Project Scientist Dr. Pim Bongaerts. It's not easy to spot a nudibranch on the reef - although they are often brightly coloured they are tiny (around the size of your thumbnail) and they move incredibly slowly (like a snail). 

This timelapse has been sped up greatly but we think the effect is wonderful. What do you think?