Friday 15 January 2010

With a little help from our friends..

A nice bit of news for the project. The new boat Nanuuq has been without a working depth sounder or GPS since we got her last year, which obviously makes navigating in the mist rather challenging. Knowing the depth is also of great importance to us so we know how much rope to put on the hydrophone moorings and when we're over reefs.

Even more importantly, from a scientific point of view we can use the depth and temperature data generated by the fish-finder as part of the environmental data we collect at dolphin sightings to help build up a model of their habitat use patterns.

Last year I asked Garmin South Africa (run by Avnic Trading locally) if they would sponsor us a small GPS / Fishfinder unit for the boat, and they've agreed! I'm currently sitting with the new 'toy' in my hands, a 420S and will be fitting it to the boat as soon as we get to Namibia at the end of the month.

A big thank you to Fraser McHenry at Garmin South Africa

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