In preparation for actualizing the Nature Network concept, Dr. Spong
set up a video station at Cracroft Point in 1994. The location, about
2km distant from OrcaLab, is near the convergence of Johnstone Strait
and Blackney Pass at a point where orcas commonly travel close to
shore. It is also adjacent to a kelp forest that teems with life.
During the summer months, four submerged video cameras serve as "windows"
into an underwater world that is home to a wide diversity of marine
life, and occasionally, visiting orcas and other marine mammals. The
cameras show us ordinary life in the rich, colourful kelp forest.
An additional camera at the surface tracks the movements of the orcas
as they pass by. The summertime "OrcaLive" plans are to relay live
underwater imagery from this video base, as well as surface imagery
of orcas when they are nearby.