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June 11, 2008

June 11, 2008

BY: Silvia García


©OCEANA/ Jesús Renedo


At last we were able to get some work done. After two days in port, we were beginning to get nervous. We fixed the crane and are working on the ROV. The divers are documenting some fantastic gorgonians at 40m depth, at last. Bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and even a basking shark measuring over 4 meters (Cetorhinus maximus) has escaped our cameras, so we have to be much quicker next time. We were lucky today because, as soon as we reached the Ameixides seamounts, facing Monte Louro in the Muros and Noya estuaries, we found a veritable feeding festival: seagulls (hundreds of them), gannets, all young specimens, more than a hundred, fishing as only they know how and other birds (storm petrels, shearwaters, terns), the dolphins and the basking shark.

When they surface, the seamounts constitute a source of nourishment taken advantage of by the whole food chain.