Marine Life Field Guide
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Over the first two years of operations, NEPTUNE Canada has collected thousands of photographs and hundreds of hours of video during installation dives and from underwater cameras installed across our subsea network. This unpublished image collection, that will continue to grow, provides a unique opportunity to build an important database on deep-sea species in the Northeast Pacific.
One of the first steps in discovering and understanding biodiversity is to identify the organisms. NEPTUNE Canada’s team is therefore developing a visual identification guide that will help “dive loggers” improve the quality of real-time video annotations during the cruises.
The Marine Life Field Guide presents more than a hundred different species, which are commonly observed during our dives or by our underwater cameras, mainly at more than one thousand meters depth. Some rarely observed species are also included. For each species, we provide the best information possible, being limited by the availability of experts and the quality of the photographs. In addition, because all identifications were made from imagery, we include a rating scale to indicate confidence levels for species identifications.
The Marine Life Field Guide is the first compilation and identification document for species observed by NEPTUNE Canada’s team. The guide will be improved over the years through the addition of new species, better photographs and more complete scientific information about observed species. This new tool will contribute to increasing our knowledge of deep-sea organisms in the Northeast Pacific, including their spatial distribution and long-term variations in species abundance and community composition.