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Blog Posts by: Carlos Suárez

A normal day starts in the expedition. We prepare our equipment to dive near a small islet to the south of the Aland Islands. After breakfast, we lower the two dinghies onto the water and load all the materials. One of the high points of this immersion is a small colony of grey seals. Generally, these animals avoid underwater photographers and flee when they see us.

It's our last day in El Hierro. Today, we set sail from La Estaca port with Patricia Arranz, a biologist specialised in cetaceans who lives in the beautiful town of El Pinar. I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia a few years ago during one of my annual visits to this amazing island.

Today is a special day aboard the Oceana Ranger. It is our first contact with La Palma and we also have guests. We have been paid a visit by Marta Madina, communications director for Oceana Europe and Carlos, a journalist for XL Semanal magazine who will write an article about the campaign. We received our guests, and after the introductions de rigueur in a cordial setting, we steered our course toward Punta Cumplida.

My adventure on board the Marviva Med began as soon as I arrived in Palma de Mallorca. It is the first time for me onboard this ship and I am proud to be able to contribute to this expedition. My work will consist in taking photographs of the daily activities on board this 42-meter vessel and to take underwater photographs during the dives, supervised by the person in charge of this campaign, Ricardo Aguilar.

On the 7th of May we set sail from Torredembarra (Tarragona, Spain) in a northerly direction, and after the planned preparations we sailed through the Mediterranean sea. I was very excited at the start of this expedition, and a little nervous.

The weather was on our side and we sailed comfortably, enjoying the good temperature. Watches were allocated for the journey and the routine on-board work started. Our destination was the port of Roses, where we wanted to photograph all the trawlers of the port sailing out at once.