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26-10-2010

Odessa hydrobiologist is working on a video encyclopedia of Black Sea inhabitants

  The head of the I.I. Mechnikov Odessa National University hydrobiology station Oleg Kovtun is working on a public video encyclopedia of flora and fauna of the Black Sea. The website will include videos of each of the 2,500 inhabitants of the Black Sea, filmed in their natural environment. In order to create a video-defining encyclopedia of fauna and flora of the Black Sea, scientists use their own material - hundreds of hours of underwater filming.
  "This is a unique project - says Oleg Kovtun. – It is a website, where anyone will be able to locate a video clip of the plant or animal of interest in its natural habitat by easily typing in its name. "
  In addition to the video encyclopedia, the website will post an online library of the Hydrobiology station, news of the research institution, a photo gallery of marine treasures collected by the researchers etc.
  Since 2004, Oleg Kovtun, together with a team of staff, raised from the seabed more than a dozen anchors - the foundation of the “Museum of anchors” collection, including the stone anchor of the I century AD Mediterranean peoples. He also was the first to discover giant shrimp in underwater caves of Tarkhankut. Oleg Kovtun created a series of educational films about the underwater world of the Black Sea in 2002-2004. Movies by Oleg Kovtun were distinguished by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, classified and became part of the educational material for college and high school students.

The press service of I.I. Mechnikov ONU

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