**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) would like to share with the OceanSpaces community some of our exceptionally stunning remotely operated vehicle (ROV) footage from the North Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring efforts.
Recently MARE shared a longer version of this video at Ocean Night at the Arcata Theater Lounge, in Arcata CA. Ocean Night is hosted by the Surf Rider Foundation Humboldt Chapter and is held once monthly, bringing local community members interested in marine conservation together.
In addition to the short film, Marine Biologist and Operations Supervisor Andy Lauermann, gave a presentation following the video describing the footage and connecting audience members to the imagery of deep marine habitats that up until now have not been visually surveyed.
The HD footage was displayed on a movie theater sized screen that brought the audience down into the depths with our ROV Beagle, giving them a rare perspective. This allowed participants to see some of the most unexplored places within California’s vast and rich marine environments.
More ROV footage to come soon, hope you enjoy!
Learn more about what we do at MARE: www.maregroup.org
Video contains some clips produced in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Statewide Marine Protected Areas Management project.
For more information on marine protected areas visit California Department of Fish and Wildlife at: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Mpas