Yet another day the sea is respecting us and showing us a small bit of calm. Today we went to an area just a little northward of the place we analyzed yesterday. We sampled sea bottoms with a depth of between 25 and 35 meters at different distances from the coast, from 5 to 8 miles. First we did some transects with the ROV and then we took some samples with a van Veen dredger.
Scorching sun, calm in the morning and force 3 winds in the afternoon.
Today, besides submerging the divers in the area where we found a coral forest yesterday at a point in the southern half of the area to be investigated, we took 3 samples of muddy sea bottom with a small dredger we carry on board. Some species of worm were found amid that mud, very rich in nutrients.
Sixteen nautical miles off the coast of Chipiona, we began with the submarine robot’s first dives at a depth of almost 100 m. Tomorrow we will start the transects to document the bottoms of the area proposed for installing the "Cruces del Mar" marine wind turbine farm. The purpose of this research is to minimize the impact that this type of project could have upon the marine environment. To do so, we must carefully analyze and locate the most suitable area to install it.
Sunny, calm during the morning, and strong gusts of wind in the Strait.
Last night we left Almerimar bound for Chipiona which will take us about 30 hours of sailing. Going through the Strait has entailed sailing with the sails up because of the gusts of wind we have come across after coming from a completely calm Alboran Sea.
The INSTALSUB technicians arrived at 9:00 a.m. to begin loading and assembling a new ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle). Now it is 8:00 p.m. and they still have not finished outfitting all of the equipment. We are scheduled to set sail for Chipiona at 10:00 p.m., so there is no rest until everything is all set for sailing.
Sunny day, calm during the morning and some waves after noon, somewhat annoying for working.
All day today, the four Cymodocea nodosa restoration stations have been checked. This is an experimental recovery project for degraded sea prairies at the sea bottom off of Paraje Natural Punta Entinas-El Sabinar. The project entails sowing the seeds of this sea plant gathered from nearby healthy meadows.
Force 3 wind, slightly heavy seas and sunny skies.
An entire day of sailing toward Almería at an average speed of 5-7 nautical miles from the coast. The day aboard the ship has taken its course based on making preparations for the submersion on the following day. We had planned not to make any submersions today. We have spent about 30 hours sailing to cover the Valencia-Almería stretch.
Force 3-4 wind, swell, 100% cloud cover. Changing to force 5 wind and strong swell in the afternoon.
Today’s goal was to finally set sail for Almería, which will take us a little more than two days’ sailing. At 9:30 a.m. we left Sagunto for Valencia to refuel, and at 1:00 p.m. we finally left Valencia for Almería. There we will track the pilot sowing of the seeds of the sea phanerogam Cymodocea nodosa. Oceana undertook this project one year ago to test the possibilities of restoring these meadows in the area.
Force 3 NE wind, 100% cloud cover after a weekend of torrential rain and thunderstorms.
Due to a failure in one of the engines on the catamaran Oceana Ranger, the start of the expedition was postponed by one day. The departure was set for first thing tomorrow morning. For the moment, after the spectacular launching of the ship a few days ago with a giant crane, we resumed putting the finishing touches on everything for the start of the 2009 campaign.