Cuba’s Twilight Zone Reefs and Their Regional Connectivity: Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

 

 

May 22: Deep Reefs along Cuba’s Northwest Coast

May 22: Deep Reefs along Cuba’s Northwest Coast

For the first four days of the cruise we worked along the northwest coast of Cuba, visiting for the first time the deep reefs between Havana and Guanahacabibes at the western tip, a distance of 190 nautical miles.

May 21: San Antonio Bank

May 21: San Antonio Bank

San Antonio Bank is in the Gulf of Mexico, northwest of the Peninsula of Guanahacabibes in Pinar del Río Province. This is a bank of reefs that rise from the ocean bottom and is surrounded by waters deeper than 1000 meters. It is a unique type of structure in Cuba.

May 20: Making A Team

May 20: Making A Team

On our first night together with the Cuban scientists, we discussed general points of the expedition. Shall we sail all the island perimeter or shall we maintain the ship on the West coast? Can we dive with the ROV in 60 localities on 30 days? Will the weather and the winds allow diving? Will we be able to dive the ROV off the treacherous Guanahacabibes Peninsula?

May 19: Arrival at Havana

May 19: The Mohawk ROV

The Mohawk is a 300-meter science class ROV consisting of five thrusters, high-definition (HD) video camera, 10-Mp digital stills camera, two sets of lasers for scaling, lights, and a collection skid.

May 17: Arrival at Havana

May 17: Arrival at Havana

At 8:00 a.m. the pilot guides us into the port of Havana. Old sights that I first saw in 1967 greet me; the Castillo de Morro at the entrance of the Port and Old Town to the right.

May 15: Preparation and Departure: We Are Going to Cuba!

May 15: Preparation and Departure: We Are Going to Cuba!

Nearly a year and a half has passed since we began our deliberations for going to Cuba on a research cruise. Although the shallow reefs of Cuba are fairly well known, no one to my knowledge has studied Cuba's deep water reefs. At 9 p.m., we pull away from the dock for our 30-hour journey to Havanna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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