Setting Up the Camera


Despite a late night yesterday, we managed to wake up without incident to, surprisingly enough, our alarms. Not to be bested, our roosters of course reminded us of their presence for the ensuing hour that we gathered all of our gear. Breakfast was served at a restaurant in the marina. Afterwards, the marine biology 2 guys went to Casey and Jeff’s office to see the camera that we would be setting up. We tested the vacuum seal and all the wires, and even had to skype with the inventor of the camera system to make sure we had the Internet connection set up correctly. The camera itself costs upwards of $20,000, so it was vital that we made sure everything was perfect. Lunch was next, and then we walked around the shops at the marina. I hadn’t brought any money with me today, but I’m sure we’ll have other chances to shop around. Once everybody had finished eating, we loaded up the boat to go to where we had decided to put the camera. Before departing, we took the opportunity to take an, admittedly, embarrassing number of pictures, ranging from group pictures to the basically required Titanic bow reenactment. Content that we had at least a few to choose from, we allowed Jeff to set sail. Along the way, Casey assigned each of us to specific tasks to make the installing go smoother. I was tasked with helping to attach the LDR, which transmits the video from the camera to the host signal. It also has attachments that read pH, temperature, and salinity. I then pulled the weights we used to sink the camera back to the boat, which seemed to be getting further and further away as I swam along. The installation went very well, and we had the camera up and running within just a couple of hours. As with last night, dinner was at the top of the Baths rock formation. We enjoyed a hearty meal of island cuisine, along with the classic staples of barbecue chicken and fried plantains. Of the former, I stopped counting how many I ate somewhere around 8.