Today, we transferred two people from the MV Spree onto an oil production platform to catch a ride on a helicopter back to land.
Rachel Graham downloaded data from the acoustic receiver at East Flower Garden Bank. The data showed that the manta first recorded at Stetson Bank has also visited East and West Flower Garden Banks! That information supports our theory that all of the banks in the region are connected to each other and that events on any one bank can influence the status of the other banks in the system.
The monitoring team noted active coral disease, confirming presence of a winter disease outbreak for this year, much like previous years.
Divers obtained video of a Nassau grouper, only the second time this species has been documented in the sanctuary.
We'll be at East Flower Garden Bank the remainder of today and will head to Stetson Bank during the night.