ReefCam: Bringing You Closer to the World’s Coral Reefs

Written by on February 18, 2014 in Technology

ReefCam logoCoral reefs act as nurseries and important feeding grounds for a huge number of species and they provide us with numerous benefits, from storm control to commercially important fisheries. But many reefs around the world are threatened by climate change, disease, pollution, and overfishing, and they need our help.

That’s where ReefCam comes in — this media company aims to improve coral reef awareness and conservation by connecting people worldwide with coral reefs. With specialized underwater cameras, ReefCam streams live HD video of coral reefs and other marine environments. The video feeds not only demonstrate the beauty and diversity of reefs, but they make viewers more aware of the challenges these delicate environments face.

Currently, ReefCam has cameras located in the Great Barrier Reef, the Cayman Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Last September, the Cayman Island camera captured a coral spawning event live!

Now, watching these videos is easier than ever. ReefCam released a mobile app late last year, which puts live underwater footage of coral reefs right at your fingertips. The app also has a travel guide to the world’s best resorts and diving adventures. Check back often, because new locations are frequently added.

Good news! The app is free now. You can download it from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.

Tim Richards (left) with some partners installing cameras in St. Thomas installation last December.

Co-Founder Tim Richards (left) with some partners installing cameras in St. Thomas installation last December. Photo courtesy of ReefCam.

Copyright © 2014 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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