Paralenz had the opportunity to partner up with Marine Conservation Phillippines (MCP). With the help of the Paralenz Dive Camera, the scientists were able to conduct their research in a more effective and safer manner. Read about their experience with our product below.
A conservation project at depth
The Paralenz Dive Camera design is simple and easy to use, exactly what you need when you’re feeling a little tipsy from the effects of gas narcosis at 50 meters underwater. Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) has recently started a project on developing a way to monitor and explore upper mesophotic reefs (30m to 50m deep) which are thought to act as a potential refugium for species affected by shallow water pressures. MCP hopes to discover valuable information about these reefs through exploration and monitoring as very little is known about these reefs, at present, due to their inaccessible nature.
Deep diving is very time-limited and the effects of gas narcosis makes completing tasks much more difficult. Cameras are a good way to save time by being able to capture the deep environment and analyze it while on dry land. Cameras can also be a great way to validate the data collected by divers when their ability to record accurate data gets called into question from narcosis. The cameras allow you to compare the diver’s data with the camera recordings.
“A great feature of the camera is that it can display the depth the video was taken when you watch it back”
Benefits of using Paralenz Diving Camera
Our project has several phases and each requires using cameras in different ways. In the exploration phase of our project, we use cameras mounted to DPVs (diver propelled vehicles) to video map the reef from 30 to 50 meters. The Paralenz Dive Camera has allowed us to get good quality, stable images when traveling fairly fast underwater. A great feature of the camera is that it can display the depth the video was taken when you watch it back – which made mapping out the reef much easier to do! At depth, red colors become difficult to see, as they are absorbed by the water above. This usually results in camera images looking blue, unless you use different red filters at different depths. This camera can automatically color correct the image according to the depth that you are at. This feature means that you don’t have the hassle of needing to bring and change different filters for different depths.
We are also trying to determine if it is better to do diver based surveys, camera surveys, or use a combination of both. The Paralenz Mask Mount is perfect for this job because its positioning allows us to record what the diver is seeing. This is particularly useful when performing fish surveys as video playback can help us see if the diver has missed fish on their surveys or for identifying fish the diver didn’t know. It might even be possible to only film a transect and identify all the fish during playback, saving lots of time underwater, an aspect we are still trying to figure out!
Overall, the Paralenz Dive Camera has been a huge help to our project and we look forward to discovering what else the camera is capable of helping us achieve.
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