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Blog Posts by: Silvia García

El Sabinar is a seamount off the coasts of Almeria, at the foot of a deep undersea canyon facing NE-SW that reaches depths of up to 1800m, so the presence of cetaceans in the area is guaranteed. The only information available is about this area's geology and cetaceans, given the importance of this area for these mammals, but no studies are available about its species and the habitats present on the seabeds.

Estamos en el Seco de los Olivos de nuevo, para hacer mediciones con la CTD. Estas mediciones nos permitirán conocer datos fisico-químicos de estas aguas, aumentando así el conocimiento de la zona y con ello, la información disponible para trabajar en su protección.

We are once again in Seco de los Olivos to take measurements with the CTD. These measurements will give us information about the physical and chemical composition of these waters, increasing the knowledge of the area and the information available to work in pro of its protection.

We left Chipiona early to return to the Mediterranean as soon as we finished our work in the Gulf of Cadiz. It’s a long trip so everyone’s relaxed, working on the computers or resting or on deck, as always, looking for cetaceans. When we crossed the Straits on our way to Cadiz a few days ago, the seas were so rough it was impossible to do any sightings. This time was different.

We sailed over 20 nm NW of Chipiona, to the waters off Doñana that we are proposing to be protected. We know that we will find slabs of rock covered -what else would you expect- with tree coral “coral bouquets” as they are called in these parts, and many other species that live on these rocks. We’re certain that the divers will go out happy today. It has taken us a little over two hours to position the ship at the spot chosen for the submersion with the ROV.

Today we had to catch up on our work after yesterday’s failed attempt to go out and work, despite knowing that the weather forecast was quite bad. So we put our noses to the grindstone and began the long list of tasks for the day that include using both the ROV at several spots and the CTD for salinity, pressure and temperature measurements, and a dredger for obtaining seabed samples.

Ayer emprendimos el camino desde el Seco hacia el Golfo de Cádiz, donde continuaremos nuestros trabajos de estudios de los fondos frente a Doñana, área propuesta para su protección, debido a los arrecifes de coral que contiene y la riqueza y particularidad de sus fondos blandos. 

Yesterday we set sail from Seco seamount to the Gulf of Cadiz, where we’ll continue our work to study the seabeds in front of Doñana, area proposed for protection, thanks to its coral reefs and the richness and uniqueness of its soft seabeds.

Today we finished the filming work at Seco de los Olivos planned for this 2010 campaign. In total, we have made 24 ROV submersions. These add up to somewhat more than 40 hours of seabed filming time, up to depths of over 600 m.

We tried to make the last submersion this morning to go out directly toward Almerimar, but the swell was too strong to work without any hazards.

Logo IndemaresAyer nos tomamos el día libre, que aprovechamos para realizar compras, lavadoras y algunas tareas a bordo. A la noche llegaron los buceadores, Carlos Suárez y Enrique Talledo, que permanecerán a bordo durante tres semanas para realizar fotografías y vÍdeos de los trabajos en superficie y bajo el agua.

Logo IndemaresYesterday we took the day off and took advantage to go shopping, wash clothes and finish some work on board. The divers, Carlos Suárez and Enrique Talledo, arrived at night. They will be on board for three weeks to take photographs and record our work outside and inside the water.