Yacht Owners Help Miami Group Explore Ocean Depths

Posted: 10/29/2011 in all marine news

Jeff Burnside and Brian Hamacher – 

Two legendary sea explorers are in South Florida this week to help promote a project that gives people a glimpse at an ocean they’ve likely never seen.

Seakeepers, a group of global yacht owners based in Miami, recruits owners of yachts to install sensors or bring aboard scientists to deploy devices along their routes across the globe.

Sylvia Earle, the world’s leading female ocean explorer, and Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau, are supporting the project at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, which runs through Monday.

The inexpensive devices capture data and video from some of the deepest places ever seen, as much as seven miles below the ocean surface.

“It is pretty amazing. The idea of the technology allows us to come on the epicenter, if you will, right over the top of the ship,” said deepsea engineer Kevin Hardy. “And right below is areas of the ocean that we’ve never been to before.”

The project is bringing back exciting video, but there’s still so much left to explore, Earle said.

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