On February 8, 2012, the cetacean research team of the University of La Laguna was transferred to the island of El Hierro to begin the campaign for the observation of cetaceans in the winter. For the first time since the beginning of the submarine eruption will work simultaneously from observation stations on land and sea. The objectives will be to evaluate the presence of cetaceans in the area of El Mar de Las Calmas and the Bay of Las Playas, for this will be carried out work of Photo Identification of cetaceans and taking of oceanographic data.
Here I take advantage of start the campaign diary, which we will write among all the members of the team that I will present below:
Omar Álvarez. has accompanied us on previous occasions in campaigns of observation of cetaceans around all the canaries. With him, there is never a joke and a worker given in any circumstance.
Erika González. He accompanies us for the first time in a cetacean campaign although he has been working with the BIOECOMAC group for a number of projects to follow seafood resources.
Alejandro Pérez. Always ready to lend a hand and is a fan of marine biodiversity especially sharks, thanks to him we will learn more about them.
Eva María Padrón. Our youngest collaborator, but not least. It is also his first campaign with us and hopefully it will be a good experience and serve as a motivation for his biology studies.
Daniel Hernández. His first campaign, always looking for what to do and what to learn.
Jacobo Marrero. The most veteran of us all, with many cetacean watching campaigns behind and the ideal companion to overcome the technical problems that arise in a campaign like this, which unfortunately are not few.
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Day 9/02/2012 by Daniel HdezAfter treading bimbaches lands for the first time on February 8, and preparing all the logistics necessary to begin, we throw the Punta Ballena to the water to begin work. This day we were able to get in touch with all the material needed for the campaign, as well as for Jacobo to teach our new employer how to face a sea enbravecido because that day the sea team (Jacobo, Erika and Alejandro Perez) he saw them with a sea that did not allow us to work. The ground crew, for its part, received a call stating that a dead cetacean had been sighted in the vicinity of the airport. There we traveled Alejandro Escánez, Omar, Eva and I to check in what state the body was and find out what species it was. Unfortunately on arrival we found that the animal had not yet landed and was in an advanced state of decomposition with which we could only venture to deduce what animal was treated, since the only part of the animal was one of the pectoral fins, which seemed to correspond to a sperm whale. Although unfortunately this day we could not get to work because of the weather, it allowed us to organize for the later days.