|One of our large (~200 pound) long-term moorings (Photo:M. Kaplan)|
|Retrieval of our short-term recorders (Photo: A. Mooney)|
Between Aran and Max, 40 dives were completed over the last 10 days, comprising around 1600 minutes underwater. In addition to instrument deployment, we conducted a number of visual surveys so that we can characterize what is living at our three sites.
This research project is off to a successful start - for that we owe thanks to a number of collaborators, whose work was truly instrumental in allowing us to achieve all that we have here in St John. Our engineers - Dan Bogorff, Steve Faluotico, and, in particular, Jim Partan, whose tireless work in the weeks leading up to the project allowed us to deploy all of the instruments we wanted. We also thank David Mann for quickly sending us some replacement circuit boards for malfunctioning instruments, and all of the volunteers at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Center where we have been based.
|Aran about to deploy a mooring (Photo: M. Kaplan)|
We have almost a 3-week break from fieldwork now - but check back here during the first week of May - Aran and I head to Hawaii for the last of four melon-headed whale tagging expeditions. Details of that project can be found under the tab "Hawaiian Odontocetes" at the top of the page.
|(Photo: A. Mooney)|