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August 10, 2014

Ausias March Mountain


The sun rises and the sky is covered with clouds but the weather´s not cold;  we can catch sight of the sun and it gets warmer.

We reach Ausias March Mountain, close to Ibiza and Formentera islands; this is a fishing area for the trawler fleet. The bottom is rich in hake and Norway lobster. The ROV immersion was 500 meters deep at the northeast; we went over more than a mile of muddy seabed that seems to be the preferred habitat of bamboo coral (Isidella elongata). There we could also observe marks on the bottom of the trawlers´ doors, making evident the threat they pose on these fragile ecosystems and the species that depend on them.