Today, after concluding our field work, the day was mostly filled up with logistics: packing all the equipment, getting the vehicles ready for a long, long drive back to Spain and finally leaving Poland. This could be the final piece of the 2013 Baltic Coastal Expedition blog, but it is not over yet.
While the main team departs back to Madrid, our expedition's leader, Xavier Pastor and I stayed working hard with our Communications Team preparing a press conference that will take place tomorrow in Szczecin, Poland.
Time flies and we are almost at the end of our great adventure in the Baltic. After four weeks of intensive hard work we have to return to Madrid. We packed the ROV and sent it to Barcelona, then we wrapped all our stuff in Poland and started our return. But we had one last chance to take a look to a few more harbours, so we took advantage of it and the team split in three groups to be more efficient.
Today is the last day of fieldwork. The rest of work will be done from different venues and it´ll consist of video reviewing, data collection, documentation, presentations and a long etc… The ROV team: Xavier, Maribel, Albert and Mike, worked from the other side of the bay on shore operations and we (the divers) drove about 12 miles to carry out two more immersions. After a smooth and comfortable but somewhat long journey, we arrived at the first diving spot.
Today has been our first day of ROV and diving operations in Poland. We started early in the morning looking for a suitable place to launch our inflatable boat, but due to the fact that it is the peak of holiday season and the concentration of tourists is rather high, we spent a lot of time getting prepared for the operations. Eventually, after starting in Gdańsk we finally found a perfect spot in the port of Jastarnia on the Hel Peninsula.
Today the rest of the expedition arrived to Gdansk.
Andrzej had some problems with the car so we had to get it checked at a car garage. The guy said that it would take a couple of hours, so in the meantime Andrzej was busy with emails and calls, while I was editing some of the pictures from the harbors.
Doing laundry has proved to be a major challenge during the expedition and generally avoided until absolute emergency. We had a late breakfast in our hotel in Espoo and decided to deal with the laundry issue in a professional laundry facility in a mall. We had somewhat limited time because of our Tallinn ferry connection later in the afternoon, but thought two and a half hours would be plenty, to wash and dry our clothes, especially since it would be done by professionals in a laundry facility…we couldn't have been more wrong!
After a few days of work in Norrskär, we set off to Poland. It will take about 1500km and a ferry to get to the area. Our colleagues here have been studying for days the areas and ports so we can carry out the ROV operations, the diving and fishing ports documentation. Unlike previous years, this time we will work one more week until the time to go home comes.
The first of July is a diving day. Based on the findings of the two previous ROVs in the area, Hanna decided to perform two dives in Norrskar´s vicinity. The first dive gave us the usual picture of dead and dying fish: struck by the fact that in every dive, besides small dead fish bodies, we always find gasping fish. I hadn´t seen that before, not even in the Baltic; bad feeling…