By Rodney Tumlin, Phillip Hull and Daniel Leuthner
Surgery was preformed by Co-Chief Scientist Greg McFall on the final target fish a four pound Red Snapper. Greg was assisted by UGA Marine Extension Service employee Karin Luzzolino-Paquin, and "Teachers at Sea" Phillip Hull and Rodney Tumlin. Many of the scientist and crew were on hand to observe the operation. The fish was replaced into the holding tank where Karin worked with the fish for two hours to help it recover and regain its strength.
Greg McFall prepares to surgically implant an acoustic transmitter in a red snapper, with the assistance of Karin Paquin, Phillip Hull and Rodney Tumlin.
(Photo: Daniel Leuthner)
Several dives were made in both the morning and afternoon by scientist working on Piscivore Ecology. Several incidents of predation were observed and filmed by Dr. Peter Auster and his team from UCONN. Dr. Laura Kracker and Victoria Price were assisted by the "Teachers at Sea" in rigging camera and power cable to the "Dual Identification Digital Sonar" (DIDSON). The DIDSON is used for Bio-Sonics which measures bio-mass in support of the Piscivore research.
Teachers at Sea Rodney Tumlin, Phillip Hull and Daniel Leuthner assist Dr. Laura Kracker with rigging the cable for the DIDSON unit.
(Photo: Karin Paquin)
Just before dark, a squall appeared around the Nancy Foster. The skies darkened and the rain fell as the wind picked up enough to blow spray from the crest of the waves on the ocean. It was cool to observe nature's fury at such a close proximity
Multibeam Mapping continues at night adjacent to the sanctuary on the north and east side. This data will provide information on what habitats surround the sanctuary.