Most of our monitoring array here is made up of submerged VR2W type acoustic receivers, which require diving on, but with new units ready to go in the water it take a two person team only minutes to remove the cable ties and hose clamp fastening the receiver to the mooring line, and fix the replacement in its place. We would probably all rather the dives took longer as there is always something to distract us down there, whether it is schools of fusileers circling you on a reef wall, or a carpet of garden eels stretching away across the sandy bottom of one of the channels.
|Vava’s bosun, James, puts the finish touches |
on a newly installed VR2W receiver
|Dr. Taylor Chapple enjoying some time |
out of the sun while he downloads
one of the Chagos underwater modem receivers
|Taylor gets to work on the transmitter…|
With the vital servicing work nearly complete we are focussing the majority of our effort on catching and tagging sharks. More on that tomorrow.