Latitude: 23° 50.067' N
166° 17.406' W
Area Name: South of Tern Island, French
Barometer: 1015.9 mb and increasing
Winds: 15 mph NE
Description: Partly cloudy.
Forecast: High pressure moving from Central Pacific,
increasing wind 20-25 knots SE, switching to East trade
winds when transfering south toward Main Hawaiian chain.
Waves: 4-7' mixed swell.
Current: 1 Knot surface, SSE
REA (Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team A: 2 dives -
1st 65' patch reef South, clear water, strong current, good
coral development. 6 Uku. 2nd dive La Perouse Pinnacle,
lots of table coral. High relief and complexity. Curious
(Rapid Ecological Assessment) Team B: Attempted a dive
70' NE of Shark Island but current was over 4 knots, so
we aborted and made one dive at 40' with only 1 knot of
current and lots of unbleached coral. Then to inner reef
crest near Whale Island (6'). Saw a pregnant Grey Reef Shark.
Team : Resurveyed
two permanent transects established in 2001 - CREWS buoy
and Serendipity Hollow, and ground truthing done at both
sites. Total permanent transects now 25.
Archaeology : Returned to Tern Island anchors and wreck
to create site plan, video documentation, etc.
Surveyed La Perouse Pinnacle Intertidal and adjacent
rock and shallow waters.
Team: Bird surveys on Tern Island. Alex Wegmann departs