New mobile app showcases Island’s reefs, marine life
Whether you’re a marine enthusiast, an avid scuba diver or a land-loving landlubber, you can now dive in and explore the waters off Bermuda thanks to a new app for the iPhone or iPad.
The Bermuda Reef Life app is the product of a partnership between the Bermuda Zoological Society, the Atlantic Conservation Partnership and underwater photographer and author, Ron Lucas.
The app, which is the brainchild of Mr Lucas, a Bermudians and long-time marine enthusiast, gives users the chance to see and learn more about Bermuda’s rich marine environment. It builds on the success of Mr Lucas’s book, ‘Bermuda Reef Portraits’ and features some 240 of his high-resolution photographs of Bermuda’s marine life.
The images are divided into 14 sections showcasing the beauty and diversity of Bermuda beneath the surface. The ‘Seldom Seen in Bermuda’ section features unusual and fascinating fish and other marine life, while the ‘Around the Reef’ section teaches users about all the various fish you’ll find swimming about on any given day. There’s also a search feature that helps users identify various fish and marine life they may spot.
“The individual photos showcase the beauty of Bermuda underwater and our lovely marine life,” Mr Lucas said. “They can be looked at by swiping the screen, by using the navigation icons or by playing as a slide show.”
In addition to fish and other marine life images, there are underwater photos of favourite reef and wreck sites around the Island. In the ‘Reefs and Wrecks’ section, users will find photos of the many historic and interesting shipwrecks in Bermuda’s waters.
“Information about marine species or dive site photos can be accessed by tapping on the screen, replacing the text in the book,” he said.
The app also features an interactive map of all of those shipwrecks with pop up photos and descriptions of each and a Map of Protected Areas with related marine information. You map can also help you find buoyed dive and snorkel sites.
Mr Lucas hopes the app will be a learning tool for youngsters and a reference guide for divers and tourists.
“The app will be loved by all tropical and marine life enthusiasts, especially children, divers and snorklers,” Mr Lucas said. “It will be of great interest to visitors, especially those wishing to explore Bermuda’s marine life. It may be used as an introductory fish identification reference as it features most of our local reef life including some seldom seen species. The app is also a great resource for educators.”
Producing the app was team effort three months in the making and was developed by Left Coast R&D — a California-based mobile strategy and development firm.
The app is only for Apple iOS devices and is available now on iTunes for $4.99. All revenues from the app’s sales will benefit the Bermuda Zoological Society and the Atlantic Conservation Partnership in their mission to conserve the Atlantic marine habitats through education efforts.