What a gorgeous day here in Gray’s
Reef. It is bright, sunny, and about 84 degrees outside.
We have been truly blessed by wonderful weather here during
The day started the same as the
others with dives and fish traps. Four members of the
Board of Directors from the Coastal Conservation Association
(CCA) joined us for the early afternoon to experience
first-hand our research, as well as the workings of the
R/V Nancy Foster. One director even helped de-gas the
fish from one trap retrieval, while Gail (the Outreach
Coordinator for GRNMS) took a hand at measuring the fish.
Both did a fantastic job!
Currently, the divers are on their
third dives of the day, while Athan practices throwing
the grappling hook with Jack, the junior engineer. There
is much to learn about seafaring from the ship’s
crew; they are no strangers to living and working on the
ocean. It is nice interacting among the ship’s crew
and others in the science team. I am starting to feel
quite comfortable here aboard the Foster…this may
have something to do with me getting my first good night’s
sleep since boarding one week ago. This is a sure sign
that our time remaining in Gray’s Reef is short.
Sarah Goldman gets a chance to
get her feet wet today as she dives for the first time
since arriving aboard the Foster. Ms. Goldman is collecting
small, pelagic fishes for Dr. Charlie Barans at the S.C.
Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Barans monitors a
camera attached to an artificial reef in S.C. He has noticed
small reef fish visiting the reef; however, identifying
the fish with the camera has been difficult. Therefore,
he has asked Sarah to observe and collect small reef fish
who are hanging out near the ledges in GRNMS to see if
they are same species.
Well, that’s all for now
folks. Check back tomorrow for more events aboard the