January 14, 2008
I came out on deck around 6:30 to find the divers preparing their tanks for the first dive. It is such a process. Wetsuits, skins, hoods, booties and gloves are all put on before any of the scuba equipment. One of my jobs was to stuff Jon Witman, the PI in his wetsuit. The tanks are prepared with their BCDs. The tanks along with fins, mask, snorkels, cameras, collection bags, clipboards with paper suited to write on underwater and measuring tape are all loaded onto the panga. The panga allows for better maneuverability and can get the divers closer to the dive sight. By the end of the day some of the divers will have completed 5 dives. The last diver was out of the water at 8pm.
One of the goals of the first dive was to collect some barnacles to be used for the time-lapse photography experiments. Between the first and second dive the barnacles were attached to acetate plates using an epoxy mixture. I counted the number of live barnacles on each plate and they were taken down on the second dive. A time lapse camera was set up and at the end of the day, the camera was brought up to see whom, if anyone, was eating the barnacles. The remaining barnacles are counted and a percent loss is calculated.
Jon Witman's dive notes for the day: