VENUS coastal network, part of the Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, is a cabled undersea laboratory for ocean researchers and explorers. VENUS delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fibre optic cables to the University of Victoria, BC. You can see ocean data live, recent and archived as well as learn more about on-going research
NEPTUNE Canada ocean network, part of the Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, is a sister facility at ONC Observatory. It is also a cabled network using many of the same concepts and designs. VENUS supports study of the seaways near shore, whereas NEPTUNE Canada is deployed into the deep sea off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Some NEPTUNE Canada experiments are tested first on VENUS; connection and data delivery mechanisms are compatible.Ocean Networks Canada manages two cabled observing “networks” on behalf of the Canadian research community. VENUS operates in the waters of the Salish Sea with a user base (as of February 2011) of about 40 collaborating researchers and over 400 data users worldwide. Registered users have access to the raw data streams from the community science experiments and have the ability to search the DMAS. Depending on the current status of facility funding, a user fee may be charged for downloading data.