Scientists at the Cribs Institute at the University of California, San Diego have developed a microscope with a completely new imaging system to study the processes occurring on the seabed on a millimeter scale.
With its help, researchers have already observed the so-called coral wars for territory between the inhabitants of the reefs. The fact is that many biological processes in the ocean occur on a micro scale, and it is not always possible to repeat them in laboratory conditions, let alone study.
To fill this gap, oceanographer Jules Jaffe and his team created a new type of underwater microscope, the BUM, which can be used to study the life of underwater microorganisms in nature.
The BUM consists of a dive computer and an image capture unit. The characteristics of the device allow visualization of objects at sea with almost micron resolution. The device has a lens with a high magnification factor.
Along the perimeter of the microscope, there are LED lights to activate the fluorescence processes in some sea creatures. The lens itself resembles the human eye. It is enough to change the focus and the investigated structures will appear in 3D format.