After ten days at-sea, today we arrived at Grimsby harbour. Grimsby, a small town located near the Humber River, will provide us with some dry land and a few parts to repair and maintain our equipment in good shape and carry on with our work. We had spent a few days coordinating our stay in these waters with the port authority and with our Madrid office – they always com to the rescue when we don’t have internet connection or need some extra help.
In our expeditions we use high-definition cameras that can be used in depths of several hundred metres, a robot that can work at 1,000 metres deep, a CTD than can be used at 7,000 metres deep and lenses, computers, GPS, mobiles and other electronic equipment, so you can see we use a whole array of high technology stuff. We don´t just have this stuff on-board the boat; we submerge it several hundred metres deep in to the ocean so we can explore the sea beds.
We continue our expedition up and down the length and breadth of the North Sea with news of bad weather, and today the rough sea has prevented us from bringing out the ROV to dive, and so we have had to settle for dropping the dredge and the CTD. The dredge has brought us some very interesting results, including a great many shells, sea urchins and a fish that was not a fish, the Branchiostoma lanceolatum (a kind of chordate that is less evolved than a fish).
My name’s Jorge Blanco and I’m a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst at Oceana. Bad weather has forced us to stay at port again so we make the most of that time to carry out “office work”. For me, that means working on the results from the MultiBeam coordination meeting that took place yesterday in Valletta. But first of all, what exactly is a MultiBeam? Well, it’s the process through which we obtain a high-definition “image” of the ocean floor.