Offered by: Channel Islands
Seldom seen, but encompassing almost half of the park, the underwater environment often goes unnoticed. Now Channel Islands Live brings this ocean realm to you through technology. Great forests of kelp flourish in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands. Over 1,000 species of marine organisms can be found here. Seals, sea lions, fishes, marine invertebrates and algae all blend together under the kelp canopy to form one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.The Live Dive is an interactive broadcast program that takes you on a virtual hike through the kelp forest to get a rare glimpse into this seldom seen world without even getting wet. From the landing cove at Anacapa Island, park rangers wearing special microphone-equipped dive masks descend into the kelp forest camera in hand. The divers explain what the camera is revealing and answer visitors' questions about the kelp forest and its many inhabitants, from lobsters to spiny sea urchins and brightly colored fish. The Live Dive is broadcast from the landing cove of Anacapa Island. Programs include general presentations along with special curriculum-based broadcasts that are directed towards school groups, but are open to all. Visitors can join us for these programs on Anacapa Island, at the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in Ventura Harbor, in classrooms, and on the Internet.