Aliens of the Sea: Filming Cephalopods

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

Cephalopods, such as cuttlefish, squid and octopus, belong with their alien-like appearance to the most popular animals for both scientists and SCUBA-divers. Since filming wild cephalopods, however, can be difficult to conduct due to the intricacies of their behaviour, this master's thesis aims at establishing new methods and techniques of capturing these animals in the wild. We believe that modern technology such as the use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) may increase the chances of documenting behavioural aspects of wild cephalopods, compared to the widely used but rather expensive, time consuming and potentially disruptive SCUBA-diving approach.

Due to the diverse habitat and the rich array of cephalopod species in the North-East Atlantic, the Red Sea and the waters around Okinawa (Japan), these three locations have been chosen to explore and determine the benefits of ROVs for documenting cephalopods.

Originally posted on National Geographic Open Explorer to howtofilmcephalopods.

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