|Snapshot California Coast 2017|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on June 29, 2017 at 15:23:54:|
If you're diving in California anytime between June 23 and July 2nd and carry a camera, I'd like to invite you to submit your photos of marine life to Snapshot Cal Coast: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/snapshot-cal-coast-2017
The California Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network, is coordinating a citizen-science-driven project to document the diversity of life along the coast of California. From June 23-July 2nd, we're collecting observations of plants and animals observed along the coast, using the iNaturalist website: http://www.inaturalist.org
Any photo taken during the snapshot window along the coast will be automatically added to the project, regardless of when it is uploaded to iNaturalist. If your photos are not geotagged, you can add location information when uploading via the website.
While the focus has been on tidepool life, we'd love to have photos taken underwater too! We don't need your best photos, just images where the organism can be identified. (I've posted so many backscattery, fish-butt shots its almost embarrassing!) And if you don't know what that fish or snail or crab is, the iNaturalist community can help ID your critter, too!
This is the second year of Snapshot Cal Coast. Our goal is to collect an annual "snapshot" of California coastal biodiversity, to help understand fluctuations in species ranges and to build a species inventory of locations along the coast.
I dived at the barge off Redondo Beach today and found a few animals to add to my observations. Visibility was great, at twenty-five feet with blue water at the surface. I wasn't expecting that!
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