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Open Access An Advanced Solid-state Animal-Borne Video and Environmental Data-Logging Device (“Crittercam”) for Marine Research

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Crittercam is an animal-borne imaging and environmental data-logging instrument used to study large vertebrates in aquatic habitats. This paper describes an advanced Crittercam system that records video, audio and environmental data to solid-state digital media. This fifth generation (“GenV”) system is smaller, much more rugged and user-friendly, and incorporates significantly greater data-logging capacity than previous animal-borne video imaging devices. The GenV Crittercam also includes three-dimensional dive path logging capabilities by capturing magnetometry, accelerometry, water velocity and depth. A graphic user interface enables simplified programming of GenV Crittercam units for diverse data and video gathering needs. These improvements offer opportunities to employ Crittercam in studies of smaller species and in more rugged environments, greatly expanding utility of this direct observation tool in ethological research.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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