Day two of the planned survey of Zannone went off without a hitch. The weather has been perfect for survey and Timmy, Aaron and Paul added more area to that covered during the first day. A portion of the site we have selected to survey has clearly been visited by fishing trawlers and that may affect the results we have seen in this area. The mass of holiday boaters have departed and we now have just a few dozen around us.
Meanwhile on Fortaleza, Eric has worked out the interface problems between the ROV and our new manipulator skid and it’s up and running. It turns out it was just some ROV “brain surgery” and things started to click. Eric spent some time practicing and was able to handle a ceramic mug without destroying it – a definite necessity in the field of archeology. It might be tricker when in the water, doing it for real. When needed the skid holding the digital camera and flash, typically located under the vehicle, will be removed and the manipulator skid attached in its place. The manipulator is controlled from the surface through the vehicle. This allows us to recover items of interest for further study.