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September 14, 2014

The campaign gets started (South Triton)

BY: Oceana Web


© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell


Tonight the expedition “2014 Atlantic Seamounts” started setting off from Playa Blanca (Lanzarote). After some ROV and shipment related issues, we headed to Triton Twin Mountains, also known as The Peanut Mountains, due to their particular shape.

Navigation was tricky since a storm was approaching and the latest weather forecast indicated that it would strike our destination. Still, it was worth trying to reach these mountains, because they are virtually unexplored places.

When we arrived at the diving spot, there was a problem with the winch cable that delayed our maneuvers for a few hours, leaving the first dive of the campaign to be carried out at night. Nonetheless, we got our reward as we got to see a couple of sharks (Galeorihinus galeus), a variety of deep-sea fish (Capros aper, Chlorophthalmus agassizi, Laemonema yarrellii, etc.) and impressive sponges (Geodia sp.).