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World Oceans Day Live Stream - Sydney

June 7 2018
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Join us on this Australian first: A live stream from below the ocean!


On Friday June 8 2018 - World Oceans Day - we stream live from Clifton Garden's Wharf, Mosman with the very talented National Geographic filmmaker and photographer Michaela Skovranova.

Michaela is explaining the marine life at Clifton Gardens and what impact plastic has on the marine ecosystem.

Take the pledge - #Planet or Plastic

June 7 2018

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Debriefing Stage

Every day is World Oceans Day


Thanks everyone that was involved in this, both on the production and the viewer end!

Remember that every day really is World Oceans Day and every day you can do something for the oceans.

Get a re-usable water bottle and coffee cup, fabric bags for your groceries. When you come across trash on the streets or in nature, pick it up and dispose of it properly.

Take the Pledge http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/events/planet-or-plastic-take-the-pledge.aspx

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Mission Underway

After some well earned R/R (Rest and Relaxation) over the weekend, it's time to do a bit of a recap.


About 2,500 people watched our live stream and a lot of questions were asked, and by time of writing, 21,000 people watched the video since.

Overall, everyone involved had a lot of fun and it was a successful event for all of us.

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Preparation Stage

We are live!


Right on time we went live. Check out the video on Facebook!

LIVE Underwater for World Ocean Day #PlanetOrPlastic?

We are LIVE underwater for the first time on #WorldOceansDay with National Geographic contributor and photographer Michaela Skovranova (Mishku). Post your questions in the comments below. Join our multi-year #PlanetOrPlastics initiative, and 'Take The Pledge' with us by reducing your single-use plastics for the health and preservation of our marine life and oceans. Take The Pledge: http://bit.ly/PlanetOrPlastic-Pledge

Posted by National Geographic Australia on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Happy World Oceans Day!


The day started nice and early so everything was ready for the live stream.

ABC came around to do an interview with Michaela in their breakfast program and raise awareness of the issue of plastic pollution in our waterways.

The setup went without any issues and after a beautiful sunrise we are stoked to bring the ocean to you!

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So, what exactly goes into a live streaming event?


First of all, a good amount of preparation You have to find the right people. The gear and technology required. Location and potentially permits.

Team - In this case Michaela had for some time this idea to do a live streaming event from below the water. After discussing a potential implementation with the National Geographic Australia team, she approached me to operate the underwater drone to take the underwater video. Glenn is running the camera and sound on the surface, Nick was taking amazing underwater shots today and was the safety diver for Michaela, Daniel is running the production and Trish organising everyone and everything around!

Gear - Luckily the National Geographic Australia team is used to do surface video, so we're covered in regards to the gear in this aspect. I'm working with OpenROV on the Trident Underwater Drone and have lots of experience in deployments in a variety of environments. With divers in the water, you obviously need diving equipment, which is fairly easy to rent around here. As we want to make sure you have the best experience on your device - we have a professional streaming provider that will help us tomorrow, so we don't have to worry about that too much. As you never know what the weather does this time of the year, we opted to have a gazebo to keep our electronics dry or the people out of the sun. Hi-Viz vests to keep us safe, snacks to keep us in good spirits. Hot water to warm up the divers when they come out of the water - and a pinch of improvisation and everything should go smoothly.

Hang on - how are we getting Michaelas voice up to the surface? Well, that was a bit harder then originally planned. There are a few systems out there to talk surface to diver/diver to surface but they are relatively expensive and you can't just go to the dive shop around the corner. After a few days of phone calls tough, we did find Adam from SeaLight Pictures here in Sydney and we could get the full face masks and communications equipment from him.

Location and permits - Sydney is a harbour city, so it shouldn't be too hard to find water, right? There are a few things you want to consider. Accessibility (Can we drive there? Do we need a boat? Do we have enough room for cameras and people?). Interesting things to see in the water. And last but not least, if you need a permit to do any work there. Clifton Gardens in Mossman ticked all the boxes. It was easy to get to. We could walk out onto the water thanks to the pier so we don't need a boat. There is lots of marine life and thanks to the quick turnaround at the Mossman council we had the permit to set up our gazebo there on the pier.

Today (Thursday) we ran through the rehearsals and got everything set up for tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Expedition Background

In a few hours we will be live streaming from Clifton Gardens in Sydney.
We have divers, communications systems, underwater drones and a dedicated team to bring this experience live to your device.

The last few days have been a frenzy of getting everything ready. But what does it actually take to stream to world from beneath the sea?

Turns out, not all that much after all. Modern technology makes it easier then ever. With technology like the OpenROV Trident Underwater Drone and easily accessible mobile internet we bring the underwater world right to your device.

Photo by Nick Rogers @nickrogersmarine_photography

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