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Monster Camera

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Wed Jun 23 21:34:15 EST 1999

Kristian wrote:
> In the lab in Los Angeles were present a set of "monster-camera" 
> pictures taken just off Scripps in about 1000 m depth.  This camera was on 
> a high tripod and was pointed at a bait (some fish if I remember correctly). 
> It was a time-lapse situation.  One of the truly striking features was that 
> after several hours, masses of Hyalinoecia stricta, a very large species, 
> came cruising in from all sides ...

I was unable to find any other recorded occurrence of this behaviour, 
despite a lot of baited camera work having been done since around the 
world. So, if  those historic photos - taken by the team of JD Isaacs of 
Scripps - could be relocated they would be valuable to study. I would like to 
think they're still around somewhere in the archives. The well-known 
published photo is in Dayton & Hessler, 1972 (DS Res. 19:199-208). 
Isaacs pioneered the technique, but rather missed out in the seminal paper 
stakes (except there was a  dramatic shark photo in Sci American), but I 
did find another published photo from the same series, with quill-worms 
visible, in:   

Isaacs,J. D & Schwartzlose, R. A. 1975, Biological applications of 
underwater photography. Oceanus 18: 24-30.   

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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