To capture the charisma of the featured marine megafauna we will use high quality photography, video clips (see below), audio recordings and interactive illustrations diagrams or charts. To highlight our expert contributors we are asking them to submit their audio files, photos, videos and animations in addition to their text information for their species profile. We hope to get as much content from our experts as possible. Our experts retain all rights to the media and text of these profiles, and the application restricts unauthorized reuse of these materials.
To supplement this content, we, the members of the Digital Sea Monsters team and the labs and research groups they belong to, have extensive archives of photos, audio and video that can be (and currently are to some extent) used to help teach the marine megafauna class. These digital media archives cover the vast majority of species addressed in the course, and can be used legally without copyright infringements. We are also working with National Geographic to feature their Crittercam footage on the profiles as well.
Furthermore, there are extensive resources available in the Wikimedia Commons, a database of 7,912,844 freely usable media files that can be leveraged to better teach about marine megafauna. An excellent example is the image above right that describes the life cycle of the Emperor penguin, created by Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation.