Crittercam News Stories

Updated February 23, 2004

These stories are from a series looking at National Geographic Crittercam research. Crittercam is a research instrument worn by wild animals and equipped with a video camera and other information-gathering equipment. Crittercam is used on animals both in the ocean and on land.

National Geographic Crittercam Chronicles (Map, Interactive Mission, Kids Features, Education, Postcards) Go>>

National Geographic Channel: Crittercam (Special Interactive Feature, Video Previews, Episode Information, How to Tune In) Go>>

Inventor Wants Crittercam to Inspire People
An interview with Greg Marshall, the inventor of National Geographic's Crittercam unit and director and executive producer of National Geographic's Remote Imaging Program. Go>>

Scientist Lauds Crittercam for Animal Perspective
An interview with Michael Heithaus, the host of the National Geographic Channel's Crittercam series and assistant professor of marine biology at Florida International University. Go>>

Crittercam: More Than an Animal's-Eye View
An overview of how Crittercam works under water. Go>>

Animal-Borne Crittercam Makes the Leap to Land
An overview of how Crittercam works on land. Go>>

January 16: Camera Worn by Lion May Aid African Conservation
National Geographic's Crittercam crew joined wildlife biologist Laurence Frank in Kenya to test, for the first time, a camera fitted for use on a terrestrial animal. The collar-attached camera around the neck of a lioness passed with flying colors, enduring feeding frenzies and the nibbles of cubs. Go>>

January 16: Whale-Worn Camera Sees Precision in Feeding Frenzy
Among the key insights provided by fitting cameras to humpback whales is a better understanding of their feeding habits and requirements. Footage provided by National Geographic's Crittercam provided some surprising glimpses of how these behemoths feed off the coast of Alaska. Go>>

January 23: Large-Shark Hunting Habits Exposed by Crittercam
Mike Heithaus is used to the public image of sharks as mindless killing machines. But one thing he's learned from using Crittercam is that "sharks are a lot more boring than you'd expect." Go>>

January 23: Dugongs Draw Hungry Sharks to Australia Bay
Shark Bay by its name alone may not sound like the most welcoming of habitats, but dugongs would beg to differ. Located on the western coast of Australia, Shark Bay contains vast seagrass meadows within its warm, shallow waters—just the right habitat for a myriad of marine animals, including the distinctive "sea cow," or dugong. Go>>

January 30: "Penguin Ranch" Reveals Hunting, Swimming Secrets
Emperor penguins are extraordinary. Here's a bird that breeds in winter, without any food or nest, in the coldest, most inhospitable place on Earth. No other animal is better equipped to survive the freeze-dried wastes of Antarctica—they are equally at home above and beneath the ice. Go>>

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