UST Beach Cleanup
On the first, we were to dive a 0-degree course, starting from the BBQ pits. Underwater, we were to unroll a 200m reel, and take depth-readings and pictures, whenever we encounter a marker on the line, spaced 10 meters apart. The limits of this approach soon became obvious.
First: I the soft PVC-markers quickly got entangled in the line, and made it impossible to simply un-wind it.
Second: the “reel”, consisting of a used water bottle, did not provide side-ways support. Large parts of the line quickly slipped off, and formed a giant knot.
Third: Untangling the line underwater is impossible. Hence, we had to swim it out.
Fourth: You should NEVER handle more than one line at the same time.
On a positive note, recording the depth, substrate, flora and fauna, and taking photographs went really well. We managed to cover 180m in only 20 minutes.
We still had 120 bars left, and subsequently swam out to retrieve a large net.
Meanwhile, Mark came across a good sized stingray.
On the second dive, we swam out to the sea-water intake, and dove for the fish trap. Yet, the fishermen who had dumped the trap seemed to have retrieved it themselves, as we could not find it. We then went southwards; on the same ridge the water intake is located. Surprisingly, we found some bizarre reef-building coral, and a long through, where the ocean floor suddenly dropped from 5 to 12 meters. Finally, I found a small sized anchor, and decided to swim it home. Unfortunately, visibility on this second dive was particularly poor, around 1.5 meters.
As bad as the weather and the visibility was, the day was very important for planning next weekend. Thanks to Mark and Martin.