Underwater CAM PROJECT

The current focus is on perfecting an underwater camera SYSTEm that will revolutionize the way we observe and study aquatic habitats. This fish tank setup serves as an ideal testing ground for The technology, paving the way for future exploration in lakes, ponds, and vernal pools.

Benefits of the Underwater Cam Project


Deploying underwater cameras within a dedicated network tailored for their use guarantees a dependable and consistent connection to broadcast real-time footage of aquatic life. By configuring the Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) alongside backend network settings, I can streamline camera integration into the underwater infrastructure, facilitating efficient transmission of high-definition video feeds to our streaming platform.

Utilizing Broadcasting Software, we capture video feeds from the underwater cameras and encode them for seamless live streaming. Through meticulous calibration and adjustment of broadcasting software parameters, we ensure a fluid and uninterrupted live stream of underwater activities. This live feed is then distributed on our platform, offering viewers an immersive and captivating glimpse into the underwater realm.

Ready to explore the underwater world in my laboratory tank? If you're curious, follow the link below to watch my live stream!

🎥 YouTube Link to Live Stream: Click Here

Thanks to the donation of Rusty crayfish from the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper and the permission granted by the PA Fish and Boat Commission , I've been entrusted with these crayfish for research purposes. It's important to note that capturing crayfish from the wild is strictly prohibited, and this project abides by ethical guidelines in studying these creatures. 

This camera is fully submerged underwater, offering an immersive view of the mysterious world below the surface. Keep your eyes peeled as the Rusty Crayfish play hide-and-seek among the rocks. Throughout the day, they emerge from their hiding spots, providing glimpses of their fascinating behavior. 

In the underwater world of the Rusty crayfish, every nook and cranny holds potential for exploration and territorial disputes.

 Picture this: One crayfish boldly perches atop a prominent rock, its antennae twitching as it surveys its domain. This behavior isn't just about claiming a prime vantage point; it's a demonstration of dominance, akin to playing "King of the Mountain" in the crayfish world. From this elevated position, the crayfish can assert its presence and ward off potential rivals, ensuring access to resources and mating opportunities.

Now, let's delve into ten lesser-known facts about Rusty crayfish:

Understanding these fascinating aspects of Rusty crayfish biology and behavior offers valuable insights into their ecology and potential impacts on freshwater ecosystems. As stewards of aquatic environments, it's essential to recognize the intricate dynamics of these remarkable crustaceans and the role they play in shaping their habitats. This comprehension underscores the significance of initiatives such as the deployment of underwater freshwater cameras, which provide a window into the hidden world of freshwater ecosystems.

By capturing live footage of Rusty crayfish and other freshwater inhabitants, we can not only observe their behavior but also raise awareness about the importance of preserving their habitats. The insights gained from these observations can inform conservation efforts and help mitigate the negative impacts of invasive species on native biodiversity.

Furthermore, I envision expanding this project to deploy similar initiatives in other areas, particularly around Pennsylvania where suitable habitats exist. By implementing additional underwater camera systems, we can broaden our understanding of freshwater ecosystems and contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts in the region. Through collaborative research and community engagement, we can work towards safeguarding these vital aquatic environments for future generations.

Contact Us

For inquiries or more information about the project, please feel free to contact Douglas Fessler at fessler.douglas@gmail.com or through the contact page on this website.


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