Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 15, 2012
Yesterday afternoon we unloaded the ROV. It is now 11:00, and we're on our way to do a few last dredges before leaving for Valencia, where the Ranger will spend the winter. At the moment it’s pretty wavy, but we’ll see if it gets a little better and we manage to gather a few more bottom samples.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 14, 2012
We dedicated most of the day to doing as many dredges as possible, but we also sent the ROV down for its last immersion after three years of work in the bank (Chella Bank, Seco de los Olivos). We sent it deep, to about -360 metres in an area that we hadn’t yet surveyed and saw gentle elevations in the NW area of the principal bank.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 13, 2012
Although it was still not looking good based on the waves and currents, we headed out early to work, but this time, we used the Van Veen dredge, not the ROV. Our plan was to use the dredge to collect samples from different points around Seco de los Olivos. We got as far as 14 dredges before it became impossible to continue, so we stopped and returned back to port.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 12, 2012
- for all of us, because although we are supposed to be working in Seco, we are dealing with 5 knot wind. It’s being difficult to document the Chella Bank (Seco de los Olivos) this year, but at least we were able to do 11 ROV immersions in the first few days of the campaign, and we know that they won’t be the last ones. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, since weather forecasts are kind of crazy.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 11, 2012
The world is upside down: we came from offshore in the Atlantic wearing short sleeves and sandals and where the ocean was almost dead calm, to arrive into the "little" Mediterranean sea, where it is so rough for October that we are forced to stay moored in Almerimar. We arrived at Seco de los Olivos after the crossing at 2:00 am, hoping to conduct a nighttime immersion of the ROV, but it was impossible.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 10, 2012
Yesterday we finally had some dolphin sightings in the Gulf of Cadiz, but whales have been harder to spot. We are still trying though, and we spent the day today watching the sea. Despite the fact that the forecast was correct and fog did appear in the early hours of the morning, we managed to see one only one or two hundred yards away of the ship. Later on, in the afternoon, and in Alboran Sea, we saw almost countless striped dolphins eating and jumping out of the water.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: October 9, 2012
At 9:00 pm today we’ll head back to Seco after spending a few good days of work in the Gorringe. It should take about two days of sailing, during which time we expect to see whales, particularly in the Strait and the Alboran Sea, where they are usually easy spot. But for that, we’ll need good weather, and the forecast is saying we’ll have fog the morning we get to the Strait.
Author: Ricardo Aguilar - Expedition Coordinator Date: October 8, 2012
This afternoon we arrived in Vilamoura, dropped off the Portuguese scientists and are now preparing to leave tomorrow for the Straits of Gibraltar.
The sea is looking good, so it’s possible we’ll arrive at port ahead of schedule, which would be great as we will have more time to unload, prepare everything for the next few days, and get our feet on solid ground for a bit.
Author: Ricardo Aguilar - Expedition Coordinator Date: October 6, 2012
Last night we made a dive to see if we could spot some deep sea sharks, which at that time are usually rising from deeper areas in search of prey. And just at about 500 meters deep we found a Deania cf. calcea, a small shark with an elongated and flattened nose. We continued to lower the ROV down to -550 m.
Now we’ll be starting some dives into the small canyons south of Ormonde.
We continue to have good weather, but dawn brought a bit more wind. Yesterday there was barely any wind and the sea was as flat as a board.