The First Ever Google Hangout UNDERWATER!!

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On June 7th, 2013 one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard of is happening on the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia. Not only is the Great Barrier reef extremely awesome and spectacular itself but now it is being brought LIVE straight to your computer screen and it gets even cooler than that!

For 12 hours on June 7th, 2013 a team of scuba divers being lead by leading marine biologist and documentary maker Richard Fitzpatrick – and a rotating panel of reef experts from around the world will dive on the reef while doing a google hangout and answering your tweets live from underwater!

Richard Fitzpatrick Marine Biologist photo from

Richard Fitzpatrick Marine Biologist photo from

Is that not just the coolest thing that you have EVER heard of?

Here is an excerpt from the press release about the event to give you a little more information:

“Reef Live is a joint venture involving Tourism and Events Queensland and Catlin Seaview Survey, and will take place onFriday, June 7 from 10 am (AEST/ 8 pm EST on Thursday, June 6) and conclude at 10 pm (AEST local time/8 am EST on Friday, June 7).  The timing coincides with the celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, which highlights the imperative to protect the world’s oceans and underwater life.

This innovative, live digital broadcast event will take people across the globe on a guided underwater tour of one of the unique natural wonders of the world – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

This event will stream live as a Google Hangout through and will allow world-wide audiences to post questions via Twitter hashtag #REEFLIVE to divers at the underwater ‘Sea Studio’ and to an expert panel who will link in from around the world.”

When I dove/snorkelled the Great Barrier for the first time ever in April 2008 my technology was so bad back then that I was swimming around with one of those disposable underwater cameras getting amazing photos like this…

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And underwater at the Great Barrier reef shot with my fancy camera…

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Millions of gorgeous fish everywhere….

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Wooo! Snorkel!

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Diving down deep at the Great Barrier Reef.

I remember that day well…. not only was I hyperventilating over the massive amounts of fish everywhere including a large sun fish named Elvis but also because I had this crappy disposable camera and someone swam by me with a fancy digital underwater camera. That was the first time I had seen an underwater digital camera and I was soooo jealous. Lets just say… technology has changed A LOT in the past 5 years for us now to be able to have conversations in real time on video with scuba divers underwater!!

Make sure you tune in on June 7th to take part in this once in a lifetime experience! I know I’ll be there! Don’t forget to tweet your questions about the Great Barrier Reef, fish, sharks, coral, the world, life in general, etc. with the hashtag #REEFLIVE

After the event I would love to hear about your experience! Let me know if one of your questions got answered!

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    June 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    That is so totally awesome!!! I love to dive and we may be doing that at some point in the next year on that very reef. Although I might be in Canada and miss out:)

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