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Watch orcas on new live webcams

Canadian island hosting 6 cameras, and you can get text alerts for prime viewing times.

By: Laura Moss September 11, 2015 orca

This image was captured by one of the live webcams installed on Hanson Island. (Photo: explore.org)

Six cameras installed on Canada’s Hanson Island are giving viewers the opportunity to watch orcas as they swim and feed, and thanks to new technology, you can even receive alerts when the orcas are active. The cameras all capture different angles of the surrounding sea, where families of orcas have gathered for generations, and they complement the acoustic focus of OrcaLab, a land-based whale research station. Paul Spong founded the lab in 1970 to study marine life without interfering with the animals or their habitat, and he’s developed a technology that monitors orcas’ positions. His remote network of hydrophones covers about 20 square miles of orca habitat and tracks the animals acoustically, enabling OrcaLab to know when the animals are within range of the webcams. Viewers interested in watching orcas, the largest members of the dolphin family, in real time can sign up to receive text alerts so they know the best times to tune in. Read more.

Note: There is MUCH more to explore with the live cam action and highlights. http://explore.org/live-cams/

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