On-board Diary: Grey Seal in Santander Bay

Author: Ana de la Torriente
Date: July 7, 2008



Joan and Manuel continue working to solve the ROV’s problems, but for now, we still can’t document deep seabeds.

Since the weather conditions outside the bay do not allow the divers to work, we stay in port and carry out some maintenance work on the equipment.

Pablo López, a biologist who works in the Santander Marine Museum, let us know that a grey seal (Halichoerus gripus) had entered the bay and was resting on a ramp at the Marina del Cantábrico, so we took the small boat and headed over to the port to photograph and document it.

We spent the rest of the day in Santander, wishing for good weather so we could dive while the ROV was being repaired.