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Ecosystem Wide Research via Animal Video Recordings with Dr. Taylor Chapple

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This week we had a very fun time talking with Dr. Taylor Chapple about maximizing datasets with video biologgers that are attached to sharks! Are you listening to the podcast and wondering who Dr. Alex McInturf is? Listen to our very first interview episode in Season 1!

We chat with Dr. Chapple about his article, Ancillary data from animal-borne cameras as an ecological survey tool for marine communities

Article Summary: Underwater visual surveys, such as diver-based video surveys, are a common and essential technique in measuring and managing marine ecosystems. However, there are several limitations to doing such surveys, such as recreational diving depth limitations, or animal interactions that preclude safe diving (such as White shark - sea lion interactions). Biologging camera tag devices are commonly used to study a single, focal species' behavior. However, ecosystem-wide data is collected and could be used to monitor and assess habitats that may not be accessible to humans. In this study, Chapple et al. use a video camera logger on a White shark off Gansbaai, South Africa, and a Grey Reef shark within the Chagos Archipelago, to determine if video logging could be used to measure the habitat structure of their respective environments. They used established methods to analyze video data and found that the biologging from the sharks was relatively comparable. Using biologgers such as the ones used in this study could maximize the overall cost and effort of tagging deployments by gathering more ecosystem-wide data, than just the focal species data.

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