And six mesocosms in the water!!

The last three days have been intense and productive for both teams (ndlr: the divers and the mesocosms builder). Today we’ve placed a second set of 3 mesocosms at sea and positioned them on the site prepared by the divers. And we had a good dinner (like always) with view on the 6 mesocosms:

The longest and hardest part of the last days was to prepare the bags to be inserted in the drum (upper part prepared on Monday). This work has been slowed down by the sun and heat we had the days before!! Today is really windy and we can test the resistance of the anchors with the South wind that enter in the Gulf.

Yesterday afternoon and this morning we could drag in the ‘harbour’ the mesocosms and the divers prepared a set 3 before going to position them on site.Since Wednesday the film-maker follows every step of the construction you can see him in the red dinghy with Grigor, while Bruno is bringing the mesocosms outside the harbour with Amélie and Jean-Michel.

The film maker showed us and the teenagers who were there until yesterday, the first rushes of the work under water, it was really nice to see what happened under surface and how hard it can be to work in the water. Thursday evening we also followed the presentation of this group of teenager who were here for a diving training in the frame of the school work!! They had to choose a topic concerning the marine environment (ecology, physic processus…). It was a really nice sharing moment that we all appreciated.

Life in Stareso by Samir and Walter

Stareso emergency.

In Stareso, I (Samir) have also another job to do…extreme mountain driver!  I’m often called to drive injured or sick people from the station to the town. As I know the road by heart, I can bring people in 10 min. The road is very rocky and demanding but is like in the « bled » so I am used to. They call me « Samir Emergency ».

Life in Stareso.

It’s the first time for us to live at 100m high in a lighthouse. We’ve always dreamt to see the sea from bed. We have a very nice view of all the Calvi Gulf and the mesocosms underneath which are being built. This place is very nice and quiet and our jobs are not too hard with this beautiful landscape. The sun is very hot, but a fresh swim can be very useful to refreshment as well as the good food of our cookers…

Every night we fight all together against the bees and mosquitoes with pillows and whatever we have in hands (broom, iphone, computer etc…)!

The time flies and day after day we start to feel the tiredness, but we can check and set up instruments for the experiments soon.