Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht Archimedes
SeaKeepers partnered with ISS GMT and traveled to the southern coast of Antigua with Florida International University to conduct BRUVs surveys aboard DISCOVERY Yacht Archimedes. As an area recently devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, data collected so recently post-storm is incredibly valuable to the project. The researchers place underwater video cameras on the seafloor with a small bait cage sitting in front, a setup called a “BRUV”: Baited Remote Underwater Video. Sharks or rays in the area will swim toward the smell and appear on film (90-minute recording segments) and be counted when the researchers replay the video.