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August 7, 2014

Fish, birds and gorgonian gardens

© OCEANA / Enrique Talledo


We spent the night in Porto Colom, surrounded by fishing boats, long liners and bottom trawlers. The atmosphere was a bit strange, as fishermen were staring at our t-shirts with the Oceana logo, and seemed to know us. Today, a reporter is on board with us from the TV show, Thalassa. We begin to head back to the east of Cabrera. A new ROV immersion and transects (the path of the ROV when it is submerged into the ocean) complete our work in the area. From the seabed all the way to the surface, we are enjoying the rich biodiversity of ocean life; discovering an active school of fish, dozens of seabirds feeding in the surface, gorgonian gardens and kelp forests on the seabed. The protection and proper management of this habitat and the creatures that call it home, is urgently needed.