Research days… August 2013 continued

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Today was the first-day students arrive there was a buzz of excitement between the teachers as they were gearing up for the students for the last three weeks. Everything seemed to want to welcome them to the Island except the sun. They arrived with rain!! But Monday was a dry day for us we were getting gear ready for the new underwater camera called the “Medusa.” It is coming on tomorrow! It can go down to 2000 meters, which is 6600 feet!! So exciting it is the same camera that saw the giant squid!! There was an episode on national geographic!!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Was an early morning, we got out on the boat to set out some lines! Longlines to catch sharks! We caught a little 108.5 cm female Caribbean Reef Shark. The rest of the day we were going over the manual of The Medusa.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

We built The Medusa. We had to put legs on it, and it is extremely difficult because each piece and size bolt have a specific spot. It took us hours just to put her together. But she is so amazing!!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We went longlining in the afternoon and it the morning we were just gearing up to set another line. We ended up not catching anything but its always fun getting in the water.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

We, The shark team, was on the boat again all day this time it was a great day out!! We took the Gap year students on the boat. The Gap year students are students that are here for five weeks, as a section of their gap year. We taught them about long lining and the importance to get this data for conservation. When fishermen go out fishing, it is effortless to use the method called long-lining it is cheap and easy. One main bycatch is Sharks!! so sad, Most of the time they get so tired that they can’t and stressed out they can’t survive. We are trying to take their blood to find the PH, Glucose, dissolved Oxygen. Cool!!!

 

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