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Hangout Underwater in the Great Barrier Reef

Richard Fitzpatrick, underwater cinematographer for Catlin Seaview Survey.
Richard Fitzpatrick, underwater cinematographer for Catlin Seaview Survey. Courtesy of Google+

This Earth Day, National Geographic is teaming up with NASA and Catlin Seaview Survey to bring you a Google+ Hangout that explores the land, sea, and sky (Read more).

Explorer Profile: Richard Fitzpatrick, Catlin Seaview Survey

Along with explorers from both NASA and National Geographic, we’re talking with Cailtin Seaview Survey cinematographer and shark researcher Richard Fitzpatrick who will be joining us from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef… while underwater.

Through the use of an underwater tablet, we’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of the Catlin Seaview Survey expedition. Using specially designed technology, the team has been recording and revealing the world’s oceans and reefs like never before, in high-resolution, 360 degree panoramic vision. This kind of game-changing documentation has allowed the world to see real-time changes in coral reefs to start planning for the future.

Send in your questions for the explorers and they may be asked on air. You may even be invited to join the Hangout and ask your questions live. Submit your questions by…

  • Uploading a video question to YouTube with #OurEarth (submissions due by April 17th)
  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with #OurEarth or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or tune in right here on this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Monday, April 22th at 12 p.m. ET (5 p.m. UTC).

Start exploring other places Catlin Seaview Survey has been by taking a Virtual Dive!

Sea what the high-tech underwater camera sees. Go on a virtual dive! Photo courtesy of Caitlin Seaview Survey.
Sea what the high-tech underwater camera sees..go on a virtual dive! Photo courtesy of Caitlin Seaview Survey.


  1. Johno
    April 22, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Tell Richard there is a shark lurking behind him!

  2. Ben Bowland
    April 22, 2013, 12:33 pm

    The previous comment was for Richard.

  3. Ben Bowland
    April 22, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Do you believe that marine aquarists benefit reefs or harm them?

  4. jake
    Virginia, USA
    April 22, 2013, 12:15 pm

    Am I missing something? Should this have started already?

  5. Patrick
    April 22, 2013, 10:23 am

    I recently dove the coral off St.John’s VI and was amazed at the deterioration since years before. What is the principle cause of this and how can it be stopped? Thanks.

  6. Azucena Sancho Orna
    Zaragoza - España-
    April 22, 2013, 9:33 am

    Perdonar, por el comentario anterior, no me di cuenta que se podía traducir, muchas gracias.

  7. Azucena Sancho Orna
    Zaragoza - España-
    April 22, 2013, 9:31 am

    Os agradecería que la pagína se pudiese traducir al castellano, es una pena para los que no sabemos ingles, por que me parece muy interesante todo lo que exponeis.

  8. Kate Maclean
    Inverness, Scotland
    April 22, 2013, 2:45 am

    Why are fish such bright colours where there is little light to see?

    April 22, 2013, 1:04 am

    Coral reefs are very old,it is considered as medical cabinets. I am a pharmacist, if i get a chance one day to go for research in medicine then these marine source holds a huge potential to discover new medicine which will change many lives. I believe that these parts of the world holds the answer for diseases like Cancer, Arthritis, and many such diseases. We must continue research on marine sources, and coral reef is the hot spot. Of course you are doing something which will give valuable information on conserving these natural resources.Thank You very much.

  10. nelson carrasco
    Livorno. Italia
    April 22, 2013, 12:25 am

    che bella fotografia

  11. Adam Sharman
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    April 21, 2013, 7:58 pm

    These videos are amazing. How did you get into the research, and video documentation aspect of things. The world is truly an amazing place, and everyone has the opportunity to see it, if not first hand, than through the works of the National Geographic Documentarians. You should be proud of your work. You’re all showing us the world.

  12. Deanna Correia
    RI, United States
    April 21, 2013, 7:42 pm

    How do I get a job like this???? Amazing. Oceans and cameras…my 2 favorite things!

  13. Maria Marko
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    April 21, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Are the special cameras heavy to hold while filming our reefs? How heavy are they? Are the cameras with self-propelled engines/motor? Are the cameras byoant at all?

  14. Nell
    Ajax Canada
    April 21, 2013, 5:53 pm

    We are told of the death of so many reefs and new reefs are being made by sinking of large boats, Is there a reserve being made by scientist in labs to maintain the seeds to replenish
    New reefs?

  15. Andrei
    Piatra Neamt
    April 21, 2013, 4:45 pm

    How could we help the project?

  16. Natasha
    April 21, 2013, 10:44 am

    I’m only 21 years old , but I know once I get the chance to see these coral reefs they won’t be anything like they were today. Carbon emissions arent worth this .

  17. Ida
    April 21, 2013, 5:04 am

    Are we able to know how old these coral reefs are? If they have been here since the dinosaur ages, what is letting them survive through it all?

  18. Eleni Pitsillidou
    April 21, 2013, 3:53 am

    When i was snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns…it was so beautiful that it felt like been in heaven…

  19. ranga chamara
    galle in srilanka
    April 21, 2013, 3:15 am

    Indeed wonderful natural things in this world. So we have to. Wonder about thes things.

  20. Nicolás
    April 18, 2013, 1:07 pm

    It’s amazing what we have in this world
    Greetings from MadridMicrocemento Madrid

  21. Phoenix
    April 17, 2013, 7:31 pm

    How damaged are the reefs due to coral bleaching?