The world of marine technology is constantly improving. Just fifty years ago it was still revolutionary to travel several meters under water but now there are new innovations that allows mankind to sink as deep as needed, to study tectonic plate movement under the ocean, and to better understand the mysterious ecology of ocean life.
Improved Video Imaging and Exploration
One key player that has revolutionized the latter is filmmaker James Cameron. It was Cameron who was the first person to reach the deepest end of the Mariana Trench entirely on his own, in a one-man dive aboard the Challenger Deep. His dive has revolutionized the basic understanding of deep sea life due to his discovery of large single-celled amoeba amidst harsh deep-sea environments, sea cucumber, and squid worms. He is even documenting these dives in a 3D film.
This innovation by the filmmaker isn’t just for fancy 3D movies about deep-sea life; many marine biologists are taking the video documentation seriously since it can help decode the origin of early life, how deep-sea life operates, and how to better improve current technology so that man can stay down longer, get better videos, and properly explore the ocean floor.
Cleaning the Ocean in Five Years
Then there is the 19-year old innovator Boyan Slat. Boyan Slat has recently designed a new means of cleaning the world’s oceans and the most remarkable feat is that his idea will only take five years to achieve its goal. He proposes a new ocean cleanup array that will funnel and collect plastic waste from the ocean but is designed to let organic life free.
This invention has already begun funding and the procedures to see it through have already been set in motion. The impact this new technology would do isn’t just for cleaning the oceans; it will also ensure that they stay clean for the foreseeable future.
Technological Innovations to Preserve Marine Life
Another way the world of marine technology is changing is through the Salmon Cannon. The Salmon Cannon is designed for fish that have to swim out of the ocean and upstream fresh rivers to reach their breeding grounds. A good example is the Sockeye Salmon which breeds in upstream fresh water.
Most fish die due to the turbines and other obstacles now implemented in dams and other man-made constructs. The Salmon Cannon is a simple, fast, and safe tube that will transport the salmon upstream without harming them.
This simple system is already undergoing trials and has seen a great change in the fishes’ mortality rate.
These are but three ways of how the world of marine technology is changing. Man is slowly learning new ways to explore the ocean world, to study it, and how to preserve it. Soon enough there will be newer innovations that will allow better mapping, better understanding how marine life, and better studies regarding how it all links us back to the tree of evolution.