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First Stream of the Great Barrier Reef Broadcast Live

To celebrate World Oceans Day, the Queensland tourist board and James Cook University organised a live 12 hour stream of a dive to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Three divers led the stream in a popular dive spot near Lizard Island in Queensland, north Australia.

The stream can be viewed via the Queensland’s Google Hangout page which intersperses live footage of the reef with studio commentary. The hash tag #reeflive was also used on Twitter for users to comment and get involved with the conversation.

The event was led by marine biologist and filmmaker Richard Fitzpatrick who is known for his Emmy-award winning series Great Migrations. Shot in high resolution 360-degree images, the stream aims to capture unseen elements of the reef, including what activities the fish get up to during the night time.

The event follows last year’s event to celebrate World Oceans Day, where a team of divers created a Google Street View of the Great Barrier Reef, using the same cameras and technology.

World Oceans Day takes place on July 8th in 2013 and people all across the globe celebrate the ocean and all that it has to offer the world. There are a range of events that happen globally, and the Reef Live event kicked the celebrations off. The theme of Oceans Day is “together we have the power to protect the ocean” and many of the events will focus on the environmental implications of our actions on the ocean.

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