World Oceans Day to stream live broadcast of Great Barrier Reef


To celebrate World Oceans Day, 8 June, there will be a live, 12 hour broadcast of the Great Barrier Reef.

The streaming reef dive will be available on YouTube and Google Hangouts for 12 hours and the audience can interact with the divers and panel via Twitter (#reeflive).
The broadcast, called 'ReefLive' will begin at midnight and run until noon 7 June.
During this time, a team of marine biologists will be broadcasting from their 'Sea Studio' and divers will share images and take viewers on a guided tour of the reef.
ReefLive diver Richard Fitzpatrick said the event would give a new insight into the Great Barrier Reef for many people and allow them to learn about it.
He said: "Using technology and social media, ReefLive lets people around the world tour the Great Barrier Reef- without leaving their home and without getting wet. They can also ask questions from wherever they are in the world.
 
"Through the magic of social media and the broadcast reach, I am hopeful I will be able to inspire people by showing them our Great Barrier Reef and to share some of its amazing secrets.
"This is the first time that anyone has attempted a 12 hour live-broadcasted dive, and I am excited to show the world just a snapshot of what is below the water in Queensland, Australia."
World Oceans Day is a global event aiming to celebrate the oceans part in the world, educate upon the importance of keeping them healthy and raising awareness of problems faced.
ReefLive will be broadcast at http://www.youtube.com/user/Queensland/reeflive.