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OCEAN71 was commissioned by the Octopus Foundation to visit the small Italian island of Lampedusa, where is located one of the main medical centers for marine turtles in the Mediterranean sea. Here, we will follow and document innovative medical treatments and scientific studies, all aimed at better understanding an ancient animal whose origins date back 250 million years. Further information: http://octopusfoundation.org/en/project/sea-turtle-lampedusa-clinic/
I got great footage of the whole Mount 7 yesterday, after the first round of storms. I waited on launch until the sun peeked out, took off and went up. I left lift around 9300ft, I got scared that I wouldnt be able to run away from the cloud. I went down range. Today is looking like the best flyable day we have left. !!! ;) More later, Pilot meeting is beginning !
Last Sunday we went to Dos Ojos to test the ROV with more of the team in a real cenote. We're still working to get video to record, but the great news is that no leaks and all was working well with the controls. We want to figure out how to keep the cable from getting caught on tiny twigs and rocks that are everywhere in cenotes. Adding some lights will be for sure when we go into tunnels. Glad we are underway with getting into the ecosystems and people are getting comfortable with driving.
11th and last day of our 2016 Lampedusa mission: releasing of several turtles in paradise. Early this morning, we all had a date on the beach of Cala Maluk. Daniela was there, of course, with all the volunteers of the Lampedusa Turtle Rescue center. The team from OCEAN71 was also ready with most of the gear: 360° camera systemunderwater wide-angle camera strapped on the back of a 27-kilo turtleunderwater photographer with housingassistance boatdroneThe plan was to release three fully rehabilitated turtles in one of the most picturesque beaches on the Italian island. At 8 o'clock in the morning, there were very few tourists interfering with their iPads, and the light was amazing. Have a look if you don't believe us: p.s. soon we will release the footage from the 360° camera system, and from the underwater wide-angle strapped to the turtle's back
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