It’s almost 9:00 p.m. and we’re back at port. Today we completed two dives with the ROV in one of the areas identified for research during the oceanography expeditions included in the LIFE + BAHAR for N2K project. This area is located to the north of the island of Gozo, about an hour’s sail away, and we worked at depths between 300 and 500 metres. Perfect weather for this type of work, given the difficulties that having a robot in the water implies; it’s impossible if the waves are too high or the current too strong. However, we can tell that the heat, already a strong presence, is going to be a constant companion. To top off the day, several sightings of merchant ships, longliners and trawlers around us and, on the journey back to port, a manta ray jumping out of the water, a sunfish and, at our bow, four bottlenose dolphins who came to welcome us to Malta.
© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell