This morning with my McDonald's coffee and chicken biscuit, Devin and I made our way to the dock to begin the days adventure. Upon arrival, Mother Nature thought we needed a pre-rinse. So as we loaded the gear, the talk among the captain and the scientists was focused on the weather that was upon us. The forecast called for 5-6 Seas about 6 seconds apart. As you can see by the pictures attached, our boat (Enterprise) was not real big. I began to recall the story awhile back about a boat that capsized - killing a few...quickly I dismissed it from my mind.
As we left the dock, we waved goodbye to our host Doc Gruber.
Even though there is water on the lens check out the seas behind me....As is said before , I dismissed the thoughts of capsizing until now and with DEVIN telling the entire store to the young grew girls. But thank God we had an awesome Captain. Cheryl was truly a seasoned captain and she took us through the waves with ease (no i did not say with out seasickness....I and a few other members felt a little green around the edges.) Luckily no crew member fed the fish on this trip.
So we begin to dive, the captain doing her best to drop us on the GPS coordinates and the waves fighting her every step of the way. The first group of divers is ready, Devin, Steve and Abby 80-90 foot dive water temp 74 degrees and no idea of the conditions below, but praying they are better than the surface.
The descent is fast and quick no time for OK's at the surface...19 minutes later a buoy breaks the service...one diver...where were the others....oh there they are, I could not see them for the waves.
Wonder what went on underneath? We were dropped in the water south of the GPS coordinates due to the seas. So once on the bottom we headed north looking for the picture above. Fortunately, every drop the divers were able to locate the receivers and replace them with new ones.
The receivers have been in the ocean collecting data on the lemon sharks for about a year, as you can see they definitely have some ocean life growing on them. A few of them I had to convince a resident goby he really did not want to go to the boat with us.
As the pictures below unfold you will be able to see the process. With a few tools, rope and shackles the new receivers are installed.
With rough seas sometimes brings a very calm bottom...all divers agreed that today was a day to be under the water where it was so calm!
Today the divers were left to do their task, the sharks off doing their thing, but deep in the distance you could see them checking us out and their dinner (barracuda's) were hanging out very curious of what the divers were doing.
So a would say a very successful dive, science and boating day, 6 of the 17 receivers have been replaced and all divers are safe and sound in their beds awaiting what we hope Mother Nature will agree to be very calm, clear and successful dive day tomorrow.