Life on the Seabed

Imaginocean Productions was commissioned to produce two 'one-minute-wonders' - short, web-based films showing some of the highlights from the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project.

While some parts of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, such as coral reefs, are relatively well understood, less is known about the numbers and types of organisms that live in the deeper parts of the world’s largest marine protected area.

From 2003 to 2006, the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project mapped sea floor habitats and their associated marine life across the length and breadth of the Marine Park. Scientists collected samples at approximately 1,500 sites in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The information they collected during the project will help to protect and conserve this precious marine region.

The first film shows what happens to the samples collected from the seafloor once they reach land. The second film shows some of the scientific techniques used to extract information from the samples.

The films were commissioned by a consortium including the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CRC Reef Research Centre, CSIRO Marine Research, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the Queensland Museum.

Visit the Seabed Biodiversity Website

Watch the first two videos

Both these videos are 2mb files, which take about 30 seconds to download on a 512k broadband connection (or 5 mins on a 56k dial-up connection). You will need Flash Player to be able to view them.

Click anywhere on the image to load the film. When it is finished loading, just click play!

The first video shows how researchers identify the plants and animals collected from the seabed.

The second video shows some of the detective work used to identify particularly difficult species.

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