SmartBay Observatory

The SmartBay Observatory is one of Ireland's national marine research and testing facilities, and the only underwater cabled observatory in the country. The observatory sits on the seabed in Galway Bay, 4.5km from the village of An Spidéal.

The array of monitoring sensors on the SmartBay Observatory provide marine scientists with real-time data 24 hours a day, on a range of environmental parameters, including underwater sound and video footage. The video camera has recorded a variety of fish, seals, crabs, and even squid in Galway Bay!

Discover more about the SmartBay Observatory below. Check out the live feed and see what you can spot or have a look a the videos (available in English and in Irish) that show just some of the amazing animals that visit our SmartBay Observatory. 


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