All the hard work pays off!

Day 8: We had high hopes of a second deep dive today, but we’ve discovered more problems with the ROV circuitry and/or software. Voltages in several places aren’t what they should be.  While diagnosing and fixing those problems, we’re also trying to complete some unfinished features. For example, the ROV has a depth sensor, compass, […]

 Modern Science: Rekindling ancient ways.

he success of modern science in many areas has spread the notion that ever-advancing technology will enable us to solve all of our most pressing problems.  And yet, on the remote outer islands of Micronesia, it is the rekindling of age-old traditional wisdom that could hold the key to sustainable ocean management.  The people of the […]

Finally the ROV gets in the water!

Day 5: All three of us spent all day working on the ROV. At this point we’re getting pretty worried. Finishing up the few remaining steps to get the ROV operational is proving far more challenging and time consuming than we had hoped. When we got to Ulithi, we figured we’d have the Ulithi ROV in […]

“Don’t let your thu fall off, especially in front of the chief…that would be bad!”

The Ulithi ROV team gets a rare nighttime visit to a nearby uninhabited island where hundreds of sea turtles come ashore at night to nest and lay eggs.

Weathering a Typhoon on Falalop, Ulithi

7/2/2014 We had a tight schedule- between the workshop and the sampling we needed to do.  Then we  got the news  that there was a storm state warning and it would be on top of us fast. We were not to be stranded alone…The beautiful dive boat Damai (Indonesia) was in the area doing dives and […]

And there’s a lot of water between here and there.

It’s a long way from Monterey to Ulithi. And there’s a lot of water between here and there. Flying over 7000 miles of open water really helps you develop a new appreciation for the enormity of the Pacific Ocean. It also leaves you in awe of the incredible skill of the original island navigators who […]