After nearly 24 hours of travel, I made it to Little Cayman last night. The conditions on the island are surprisingly windy, probably the windiest I’ve seen it on the Grouper Moon Project. You will likely notice the wind during tomorrow’s video conference. Hopefully it will calm down a bit.
Also, Elliot specifically asked about the small planes we fly on for our short, inter-island flights, so I have uploaded some photos and video for you to see! The plane is a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter. Click on the blue link at the bottom of this post to see a short video!
It was so great to see you all today on the live stream! I hope you enjoyed it.
Today I introduced you to Katherine Cameron (PhD Candidate at SCRIPPS) who is working on the hydrophones and collecting the sounds, or vocalizations, the Nassau make. Below are two pictures taken yesterday of the Nassau swimming around one of the hydrophones as well as three sound files of different Nassau vocalizations she has recorded. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Here is a video clip taken this morning by one of the researchers who is measuring Nassau using laser calipers. Take a look!! Sure looks like a lot of fish. All the researchers seem to think that the big spawning event will happen tonight! Stay tuned!
Below are a series of pictures showing a microscopic camera attached to an Acrobat system, which holds the camera and controls the depth of the camera. Can anyone guess how and why REEF and the DOE would need a microscopic camera at the spawning aggregation site? What might they be studying?
Testing out the system
Those yellow wings help control the depth of the camera!
Researchers and scientists from REEF and the Cayman Islands Dept. of Environment are already at the spawning aggregation site on Little Cayman. Here are a couple videos of the grouper and scientists at work, collecting data!