- Created: Monday, 01 October 2018 08:43
Daily log - DAMAI II
Date: 1 October 2018
Boat location: Nil Desperandum
Dive sites: Southwest Ridge, Northwest Ridge, Southwest Ridge
Weather conditions: Sunny and smooth waves (0.1 - 0.5m high)
The team finally arrived at Nils and started their expedition dives after a long and rough night. Our first dive at Nil Desperandum was rewarding, the sight of the school of hammerhead sharks made everyone's morning. Renato Morais, our principal fish scientist of the expedition, and Sam Shu Qin, coral team leader briefed their respective team to take a general visual of all fish or corals encountered during the dives for a baseline survey of animals within Indonesian waters.
Feeling pretty impressed with the dive site, the team decided to explore the Northwest Ridge. While waiting for the next dive, the boat crew pulled up a huge pile of long line! We were all so glad that no animals were found entangled or harmed by the retrieved debris.
For the second dive, Renato, Sam and Joshua teamed up to conduct a combined fish and coral survey. Renato and Sam located a sweet spot at 6m and laid their respective transect tapes (50 m) in opposite directions. Joshua assisted Renato with the fish survey using a specially designed set-up.
With this set-up, Renato is hoping to overlay videos of both cameras with photogrammetry technique. Sam tried out Paul Muir's (principal coralscientist) line-intercept transect method of coral survey and complementing the results with a video along the transect.
After the dive, documentary lead Sabrina Inderbitzi conducted an interview with Renato against the picturesque backdrop of the ocean.
During the third dive at the Southwest Ridge, the team continued to take general photographs of fish and corals. Some of the team were greeted by hammerhead sharks (again!).
We spent the night uploading photographs and analysing trial survey results.
The team has a 14 hours sail heading overnight to Manuk and is expected to reach at 0700 hrs.
SamShuQin laying transcet line - photo by Jayne Jenkins
SamShuQin taking photos of coral - V Bria
Longlines on Reef - Renee Capozzola
Joshua Phua using fish survey camera Setup - Jayne Jenkins
Renato Morais explaining setup for the doumentary - Jayne Jenkins
Coral Reef at Nils Desparado - Emry Oxford
Diver in the black water - Jayne Jenkins