Friday, June 29, 2012

An exciting day

Today has been an amazing day, because we have successfully recovered three gravity cores of approximately 3 m length at 300, 500 and 600 m water depth.The selection of the coring locations was based on the recently acquired multibeam data from the Malta-Sicily Escarpment. We targeted an interesting small landslide within a larger landslide scar to understand its nature and age. While we were collecting the cores we were paid a visit by a friendly shark.

After coring operations we surveyed the steep sidewall of the landslide with the ROV. We carried out a 5 hour transect during which we discovered black coral communities, fishes, urchins and seapens!!! It was a nice surprise, especially when our friendly shark came back to say hello on camera!!!!