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.

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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>>

February 6: Whale Camera Spies On Hawaii's Deepwater Hunters
Pilot whales can often be spotted resting in large pods at the ocean surface, yet very little is known about the submarine behavior of these deep-sea hunters. In the squid-rich waters off Hawaii, National Geographic's Crittercam provided valuable insights into the lives of these highly social but mysterious sea mammals. Go>>

February 6: Uncovering Secrets of Blue Whale's Song
The haunting call of the blue whale is the most intense of any animal alive. Now, in an attempt to uncover the secret behind that song and other behaviors, National Geographic's Crittercam team have joined forces with whale experts to capture both audio and video footage from blue whales for the first time. Go>>

February 12: Leatherback Sea Turtle Mating Filmed for First Time
Scientists working with a National Geographic Crittercam team in Costa Rica have attached underwater cameras to document the world's largest living reptile in its seldom-seen underwater environment. The resulting footage has shed light on rarely seen mating behavior, captured on film perhaps for the first time. Go>>

February 12: Crittercam Sea Turtle Study May Aid Conservation
Sea turtles around the world are on a slippery slope towards extinction, but in Shark Bay on the remote coast of Western Australia, two species of the ocean-dwelling reptiles thrive amongst a flourishing diversity of life. National Geographic's Crittercam research could help researchers understand why Shark Bay's turtles are so successful. Go>>

February 19: Threatened Seals Forage Far From Home, Cameras Show
Only about 1,300 monk seals are believed to be surviving in the relatively remote waters of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands. To find out more about what is causing the precipitous decline in their numbers, researchers are using National Geographic's Crittercam technology—cameras attached to seals to find out how these large marine mammals find their food. Go>>

February 19: Connect the Spots: Revealing Leopard Seal Secrets
Tracey Rogers of the Australian Marine Mammal Research Centre at Sydney's Taronga Zoo is the only biologist in the world committed to a long-term study of the leopard seal, the stealthy and skilled marine predator of the Antarctic. Go>>

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