You are watching the live Shark Cam from beneath Frying Pan Tower, an offshore light tower built in the early 1960s to provide warning to ships that they were nearing shallow shoals with depths of only 35 to 50 feet. This danger to ships earned the shoals (which stretch from Frying Pan Shoals North to the Outer Banks) the name the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The underwater ecosystem is no longer protected by the towers lights thanks to GPS navigation technology, but it is protected for its important habitat for fish, sharks, and other marine wildlife that frequent the region.
This deep-sea underwater camera often spots sharks, fish and rays. The live video feed provides a glimpse into a different habitat. With less light and more substrate to provide living spaces, prey species can hide from predators like sharks down here. This is not always an option for open ocean dwellers, so fish take advantage of these features when passing through the shoals. - See more at: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/shark-cam