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Oceans cover almost three quarters of Earth's surface. They feed us, carry our ships and shape our weather. Within the oceans, biological, chemical, physical and geological processes are unfolding, which we are only beginning to understand.

NEPTUNE Canada offers a unique and exciting approach to ocean science. Traditionally, ocean scientists have relied on infrequent ship cruises or space-based satellites to carry out their research. But NEPTUNE Canada is changing this. We’re the world’s first regional-scale underwater ocean observatory network that plugs directly into the Internet. People everywhere can ‘surf the seafloor,’ while ocean scientists run deep-water experiments from labs and universities anywhere around the world.

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Oceans cover almost three quarters of Earth's surface. They feed us, carry our ships and shape our weather. Within the oceans, biological, chemical, physical and geological processes are unfolding, which we are only beginning to understand.

NEPTUNE Canada offers a unique and exciting approach to ocean science. Traditionally, ocean scientists have relied on infrequent ship cruises or space-based satellites to carry out their research. But NEPTUNE Canada is changing this. We’re the world’s first regional-scale underwater ocean observatory network that plugs directly into the Internet. People everywhere can ‘surf the seafloor,’ while ocean scientists run deep-water experiments from labs and universities anywhere around the world.

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    Rocky Coast to Deep Sea

    Rocky Coast to Deep Sea

    Join us for a virtual tour around the NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatory network, narrated by director Chris Barnes.

    • 5 min
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    NEPTUNE Canada

    • 1 min
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    Clam Scooping

    Clam Scooping

    ROPOS, the Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science, scoops a milk jug full of clams and sediment from the methane-rich gas hydrate outcrops of Barkley Canyon.

    An unusual community of organisms inhabit this area, where frozen gas hydrates mounds rise from the surrounding sediment. Specialized microbes feed on the methane emerging from the seafloor, and in turn are eaten by clams and other creatures living in this zone, approximately 870m below sea level in the northeast Pacific ocean.

    • 1 min
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    Creeping Clams

    Creeping Clams

    In this time-lapse video (sped-up 2000%), seabed clams crawl, creep and even jump as they feed in the bacteria-rich mud at Barkley Canyon Hydrates. This is a location where an unusual community of organisms thrive amidst frozen gas hydrate outcrops, 871m below the surface.

    • 39 sec
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    Deep-sea Corals

    Deep-sea Corals

    We encountered beautiful red and white corals thriving atop knife-edged ridges at about 2200m depth. These rocky outcrops are found in the volcanically active Endeavour Ridge Marine Protected Area along the spreading boundary between the Pacific and Juan de Fuca tectonic plates.

    • 1 min
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    Black Smoker and Hot Vent Creatures

    Black Smoker and Hot Vent Creatures

    On October 8 2010 we visited the volcanically active seafloor of Endeavour Ridge, a bizarre realm of sulphide towers and venting black smokers. Hydrothermal vents support rich communities of specially adapted tubeworms, scale worms and limpets, which thrive in the 325°C effluent.

    • 1 min

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