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Intrigued, we decided to survey the outside of the wreck, following the ship from the bow to the stern along the port side. Despite rocky substrate and shallow water, navigating out to the ship wasn't a problem, and we quickly got visuals of thick layers of mussels and barnacles encrusting the rusty hull. Found it! Maintaining depth was a different story though—as soon as we tried to dive to get a better look at deeper levels of critters and rust formations, the OpenROV would start to be sucked under the ship, pulled by a surprisingly whipping current flowing beneath the wreck. With camera issues popping up and a rental jeep to return, we headed back to shore, packing up OpenWeon for its next adventures!
April 22. The day was perfect for surveying the location for our Manchester test planting. The water was clear, calm and an overall great day to deploy the ROV. We started by looking at the area in need of replanting. Multiple prop-wash incidents have reduced eelgrass viability in the area. As we moved toward the edges of the scar, a great amount of eelgrass was observed with a large amount of epiphytes growing on individual blades. Finally, we worked further South South East of the original location and observed a healthy section of the eelgrass meadow. We will now move to place planting disks in the empty area. - See more at: <a href="http://bit.ly/1Sui1iI" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Flemelson.mit.edu%2Fblog%2Fbottom-survey-preparation-test-planting-2%23sthash.etLvV2to.dpuf">lemelson.mit.edu/blog/bottom-survey-preparation-test-planting-2</a>
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