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OCEAN71 was commissioned by the Octopus Foundation to visit the small Italian island of Lampedusa, where is located one of the main medical centers for marine turtles in the Mediterranean sea. Here, we will follow and document innovative medical treatments and scientific studies, all aimed at better understanding an ancient animal whose origins date back 250 million years. Further information: http://octopusfoundation.org/en/project/sea-turtle-lampedusa-clinic/
I am working to make sure all the ROVs are all ready to be deployed as well as making some modifications such as a longer tether possibly CAT 7 or fibre optic for use on a new deep sea ROV i am working on using the base of the OpenROV system but everything else bespoke.
Day 8 of our 2016 Lampedusa mission: record breaking. It seems that when you work in turtle protection, something exciting happens everyday. Yesterday, Daniela received an incredible email: somebody in Turkey had found one of her turtles. It's already great to know that the animal swam on such a large distance. But what is really exciting is that the reptile was tagged on Lampedusa the 26th of August 2003. It was 13 years ago. A record for Daniela and her center. During that time, the turtle had grown 30cm longer in size. How does she know all that ? Before releasing each animal, Daniela and her team don't let it go without a little gift: a tag on both front arm, with a serial number carved on them. That way, when a turtle is caught anywhere on the planet, anytime, it can be traced back to where it all begun. In this case, to the Turtle Rescue Center of Lampedusa. On this photo, Sophie has been tagged 2 minutes earlier, and will be released in a couple of hours.
I flew this evening in Honor of James Pfrunder. There is a gofundme page for his wife and daughter. I will update this post, please donate. The sky cried today.
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