Beneath the Surface at Otter Rock

Black Rockfish swim by as cryptic sea urchins and sea stars cling to rocks. This video was taken with ODFW’s video lander during scientific monitoring surveys at the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Our long-term marine reserves monitoring is helping us track and understand nearshore ocean changes both inside and outside of the reserves over time.

Swim Along with a School of Fish

Spot a China Rockfish, see urchins, and swim along with a school of rockfish in a sea of coralline pink rocks. This video is from a rocky reef located off of Humbug Mountain, which is monitored alongside the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve for comparison. This video was shot during one of our SCUBA surveys.

Curious Rockfish Checking Out Our Camera

Red sea urchins and an orange ochre sea star, with some curious Black Rockfish and a Kelp Greenling checking out our camera. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison.

Seaweeds Swaying in the Current

Seaweeds and plankton sway in the current near some hunkered down purple sea urchins. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison.

School of Rockfish

A clear blue day underwater amidst a school of fish. This video clip was taken at a rocky reef located off of Cape Foulweather, which is monitored alongside the Otter Rock Marine Reserve for comparison. This monitoring is helping us track and understand ocean changes occurring both inside and outside of the reserve over time.

Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve

Explore beneath the surface of the ocean in the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, located off the central Oregon coast. See underwater video footage taken with ODFW’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Swim along with schools of fish, find an octopus hiding in a rocky crevice, and see white plumose sea anemones swaying in the current.

A Prickly Problem With Sea Urchins

Beneath the waves, once towering kelp beds are collapsing from an unprecedented perfect storm that has been brewing below the surface. First, a massive epidemic wiped out sea stars, then a marine heatwave and El Niño, and now an explosion of sea urchins. This means bad news for kelp.

ROV Highlights from ODFW

Underwater video collected by ODFW’s ROV helped in the initial documentation of hypoxia (low oxygen) off the central Oregon coast in 2002. More recently, the ROV has been used to show the impacts on marine communities post Sea Star Wasting disease. The ROV is also one of the core tools used to monitor Oregon’s reserves.