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(@gerie)
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I know how it seems like ages between trips to the islands. I can't wait until I can put on my snorkel and mask and jump in the water. Well National Geographic just set up this underwater webcam that provides live streaming video of a coral reef off the coast of Belize. The video plays during daylight hours only. I believe Belize is the same as US Mountain time. It's a brand new webcam, so I assume there's bound to be some glitches here and there. Play it in RealPlayer and stick it in the corner of your screen. You won't see anyone standing on the coral, either.

OK, it's not the USVI or BVI, but it's still the Caribbean.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/wildcambelize/

 
Posted : October 6, 2008 8:14 pm
(@iamolly)
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I haven't seen any pictures yet, but what a great idea! It will be a few months until I can get back to STT and I am definately suffering from snorkeling withdrawal.

Thanks for the link,

Molly

 
Posted : October 7, 2008 9:48 am
(@gerie)
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You're welcome, Molly.

I've got it on right now, and it's so pleasant. I know an aquarium is often recommended for relaxation, but this is a real live reef and the "action" is live in real time. People on the forum have reported seeing rays and baracuda, although I haven't seen them. I believe there's a camera operator as there will be panning and close-ups at times. And I just saw a trunk fish, one of my favorites!

 
Posted : October 7, 2008 5:59 pm
(@theislander)
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That is pretty cool. Thanks Gerie.

--Islander

 
Posted : November 6, 2008 7:33 pm
 Dawn
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I too suffer from snorkeling/island withdrawal. In fact 2008 is the 1st year in 15 that I did not go on a vacation so I am suffering really bad. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Posted : November 7, 2008 1:43 pm
 Dawn
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For some reason I can't keep it in the corner of my screen if I try to do other work. Anyone have that problem?

 
Posted : November 7, 2008 2:25 pm
(@mahojim)
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Thanks, Gerei!
How cool is that?!?
Smiles-
MJ

 
Posted : November 7, 2008 4:23 pm
(@gerie)
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For some reason I can't keep it in the corner of my screen if I try to do other work. Anyone have that problem?

On my Mac I can put the cursor directly on the screen and right click. There will pop up a link to "play in Real Player." If I click on that I get an independent screen that is free of the web page. It can be moved all over the screen. I don't know if it's the same on a PC, though, although I know PC users can watch in independent Real Player also.

I have also been watching National Geographic live streaming video of a pond in Botswana, Africa since 2005. Very addictive. There are an amazing amount of animals that come to the pond such as elephants, giraffes, elands, occasional big cats and the resident crocodile. So on one side of my monitor I have blue tangs and on the other I have blue wildebeests. The forums connected to these webcams are very lively and very informative.

Enjoy.

 
Posted : November 7, 2008 6:02 pm
(@jotapay)
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Awesome Gerie:
Any of you computer people know how to hook this up to a TV feed as well?
Thanks again, great info.

 
Posted : November 7, 2008 9:23 pm
(@theislander)
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jotapay - if your computer/video card has a TV out port you should be able to hook your computer to the TV. Do a search for the brand of computer you have with pc to tv in the search term and you might find some directions.

Also check out http://www.slingmedia.com/go/slingcatcher; allows you to watch video and stuff from your computer on your TV.

Good Luck.

--Islander

 
Posted : November 13, 2008 5:33 pm
(@bluwater)
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Now THAT is cool!....but the camera is off til they replace a part.

And, yes, great idea to hook up the feed to the flat screen and run it when the TV is off. I imagine people asking you if it is one of those "aquarium" DVDs....and you say "of course not! it's a live underwater feed from Belize" 😎

 
Posted : December 3, 2008 11:49 am
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