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The third dimension: a novel set-up for filming coelacanths in their natural environment
Décamps, T.; Herrel, A.; Ballesta, L.; Holon, F.; Rauby, T.; Gentil, Y.; Gentil, C.; Dutel, H.; Debruyne, R.; Charrassin, J.-B.; Eveillard, G.; Clément, G.; Herbin, M. (2017). The third dimension: a novel set-up for filming coelacanths in their natural environment. Methods Ecol. Evol. 8(3): 322-328.
In: Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Wiley: Bognor Regis. ISSN 2041-2096; e-ISSN 2041-210X, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 312036 [ OMA ]

Author keywords
    3D; behaviour; kinematics; locomotion; underwater filming

Authors  Top 
  • Décamps, T.
  • Herrel, A., more
  • Ballesta, L.
  • Holon, F.
  • Rauby, T.
  • Gentil, Y.
  • Gentil, C.
  • Dutel, H.
  • Debruyne, R.
  • Charrassin, J.-B.
  • Eveillard, G.
  • Clément, G.
  • Herbin, M.

    Here, we describe a novel design to obtain three-dimensional data on the movements of aquatic organisms at depths of up to 140m. The set-up consists of two synchronized high-speed cameras fixed to two articulated arms. The set-up was successfully used to film and quantify the locomotion of coelacanths Latimeria chalumnae living at a depth of about 120m in Sodwana Bay, South Africa. As an example, the detailed motion of the dorsal fin is presented here. This set-up can be used for any underwater applications that require synchronized video recordings of medium- to large-sized animals.

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