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Let’s Hack the Ocean!

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Seventy percent of our planet is one connected ocean. It produces half the oxygen we breathe and feeds over three billion people.

Today the ocean is at risk, losing biodiversity at an alarming rate due to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. The ocean’s temperatures greatly influence our planet’s climate, weather, fish stocks, and bird populations. Ocean temperatures are steadily increasing yet our understanding of how they vary at the scale of the ecosystems is largely unknown to science.

Only the power of citizen science and crowdsourcing can “plug this hole” in our understanding of how temperature varies in the ocean. Without this knowledge, the management and conservation of marine ecosystems is a “shot in the dark”. It is a vital source of information that governments, scientists, fisheries, and conservation organizations need if they are going to understand this major threat to ocean life.

Project Hermes is the first global effort to measure ocean temperatures worldwide at the scale of the ecosystem. Cousteau Divers is a non-profit worldwide community of divers and dive centers united to study and protect marine life. The Global Change Institute of the University of Queensland is a world-class research organization dedicated to solving the mysteries of the ocean. NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch uses some of the most advanced technology in the world to monitor the sea surface temperatures from satellites. DAN Europe’s Diving Safety Laboratory is the leading diver safety research organization in Europe and has been collecting diving temperatures for a decade. This data will be anonymously fed into the Hermes software to obtain a 10-year backlog of sea temperatures. Together we will organize a hackathon in October to explore programming solutions and the practical applications of this new data. We’re trying to reveal ocean temperatures in time for the United Nations COP21 Climate Summit in Paris this December.

Photo by Michel Naufal / Cousteau Divers.
Photo by Michel Naufal / Cousteau Divers.

 

We really need your help to make Project Hermes a reality! You can do the following:

  • Donate to this pre-campaign before September 2 here.
  • Join our thunderclap, a tool to synchronize social media sharing, maximizing impact, here.

Join us!

Thank you for actively supporting Project Hermes to take the temperature of the ocean. Literally. Many thanks from our partners as well, including the beautiful and fragile beings in the ocean who sustain our very lives. Our fates are connected!

“In full truth, we are partners to the fish, the snail, the crab, the grasses that grow in secret places beyond our sight. Upon their survival, hangs our own.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Join Me On My Commute To Scuba Diving Key Largo! (Watch Video)

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Sunrise was so beautiful the other morning, I wanted to take a time lapse of my drive from home in South Miami to Key Largo before morning dives with Horizon Divers.

I thought you might enjoy taking the ride with me! Silly I know! But here’s 2 minutes of chill!

D.S.D.O,

James


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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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