Gabon Continental shelf - UNCLOS.
26 June -04 July 2010
SV Geograph - equipped
with both EM710 and EM122 echosounders as well as a SBP120
The job was an
survey in offshore waters off Gabon - all the way out to the foot of
the continental shelf as part of an UNCLOS article 76 investigation. We
joined the vessel in Pointe Noire, Congo and
sailed from there to the water off Gabon. Some awesome data of the
shelf was collected - unfortunately unable to present any of it here!
positively identified ashore as we went straight to the vessel. Cattle
Egrets fed in the streets, Pied Crows abundant along with a species of
swift. A few other species were seen but with poor views from a moving
vehicle it just wasn't possible to identify most of the stuff seen.
Cattle Egret on
the satellite dome
Offshore was EXTREMELY quiet with very little seen indeed. Virtually
the only species seen was Wilson's Storm-petrel with several seen most
days. Views were generally distant and brief - and usually around dawn
(or even at night!). A Cattle Egret turned up well offshore the day
after we sailed; other than that the only other birds seen were
occasional Common Terns.
Other wildlife was limited to a shark, occasional flying fish and,
during the hours of darkness, squid.
fish on a VERY calm morning
Wilson's Storm Petrel, 01
Wilson's Petrel in heavy
wing moult, off Gabin, late June 2010
Click on picture for more Wilson's Storm
Mantis turned up on deck a few days after we left port
Wilson's Storm Petrels,
late June 2010
Shark cruising past the
vessel A Mullet caught whilst at
anchor off Pointe Noire, Congo