|Hammerhead shark. One of the highlights during the cruise. Image NOAA NCCOS.|
Cruise is over. Arrived to the Coast Guard Base in San Juan Yesterday. Today we have had Kids day and me and Will have, somewhat tired, been helping kids to try out survival suits in the blazing sun all morning. In a few hours we are both leaving to the nearby Island Culebra for a few days of beach life and slow pace, can't wait!
Got some images/results from the last three weeks work on the Marine Grand Reserve Area that we have been mapping. I have mainly been working with the draft habitat maps that we create on site in order to plan our daily ROV dives. Once that is done I spend lots of time staring at the video live feed and all the cool stuff we find down there for the rest of the day. Back at the office we will bring all the information together to create maps with information about the seafloor and the biological cover to support better management and resource planning, its pretty awesome if you ask me.
|A big School of Jacks. Image NOAA NCCOS|
|Marine debris, still fishing and trapping lobsters. Image NOAA NCCOS|
|Juvenile Lion fish - an invasive species that are taking over in |
many of the deep water coral areas we found
|Lionfish hanging out. Image NOAA NCCOS|
|One of few really nice reefs with life coral that we found. Image NOAA NCCOS|
|Nurse Shark! Image NOAA NCCOS|
|Lots of things hiding in the reef|
|Bridge crew looking out for Humback Whales breaching in the area.|
|The Chief! Tim Battista ready to abandon ship.|
|As if it wasn't hot enough already...|
|Mike enjoying the last sunset of the cruise.|
|Definitely will miss this part of ship life...|