Explore the Sea Floor

oceanplanet, August 20th 2013
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This is a fun way you can help scientists. Over at Explore the Sea Floor, scientists have created a website that allows anyone to help them identify Sea Urchins and Kelp around Australia.
You simply log in, decide whether you want to identify sea urchins or kelp, learn what they look like, then use your mouse to click and identify them.

click on the urchin to mark it and a green dot will appear

click on the urchin to mark it and a green dot will appear

click on the red dots if they are sitting on kelp to turn them green

click on the red dots if they are sitting on kelp to turn them green

The photos have been taken by an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). This innovative technology can take thousands of overlapping photos at a time. Does this mean we might have a picture of the sea floor in t he future? Its a possibility, but for right now, this robot has taken thousands of photographs and the scientists here need your help identifying sea urchins and kelp. Try it.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle used to collect images. It can collect thousands of overlapping underwater photographs.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle used to collect images. It can collect thousands of overlapping underwater photographs.

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