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I’ve just recently joined the expedition in Malta and today we’ve set sail towards one of the furthest research areas we’ll be going to, where we’ll be for the next three days.

The weather, together with good sea conditions means it’s a perfect day to be sailing for 4 hours to reach our first sampling area.

The day couldn’t have started off any better: turtle watching (loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta) and two sunfish (Mola mola) and then on to do the ROV dives where we’ve been able to document white sea floors as well as rugged underwater walls covered in gorgonians, deep reefs and other habitats that I’ve been waiting for over a year get the chance to investigate.

Today is indeed World Oceans Day, and it’s well worth mentioning the need to carry out projects like ours (Life BaĦAR ) to understand the deep sea floors and to adequately protect and manage them.

 

 

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