WASHINGTON D.C. — Who needs Honey-Boo-Boo or the next housewives reality TV show when you’ve got an ocean full of real drama? More than 50,000 people a day are tuning into a live web broadcast hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They’re following ocean scientists, as they explore uncharted waters off the Atlantic coast.
The crew has attached cameras to robotic vehicles. Viewers can see new scientific discoveries, new species and ecosystems that have never before seen.
“We depend on the ocean for about half the oxygen we breathe and for many, many other benefits and yet the ocean is largely unknown,” Fred Gorell with NOAA said.
The broadcast is interactive too. Scientists from around the world send requests and messages, while researchers on board give live analysis for viewers. If you care to watch, follow this link, the cameras are active until August 16.