Uncharted Blue - Inaugural Dutch Caribbean trip 2018
On Thursday, August 30th 2018, we concluded another successful trip to Klein Curacao. The trip was organized by Uncharted Blue with the mission of connecting adventurers with renowned scientists to document the health of bio-diversity of the deep reef ecosystem at Klein Curacao.
Joining this expedition were: Dr. Carole Baldwin, Dr. David I. Kline, Dr. Nicole de Voogd, Kristin Methlagl & Tamara Schwent.
Using the Curasub we made a total of 5 dives on the North-West side of Klein Curacao whereby the inaugural dive was led by Dr. Carole Baldwin focusing on diversity and eco-evolution of Caribbean reef fishes through integrative genetic and morphological investigation.
Dr. David I Kline was specifically interested in the finding and mapping of deep reef corals in this area. Preliminary findings after these dives is that the deepest found were at approx. 260ft. Dr. de Voogd used the Curasub to explore this untapped resource for new therapeutic discoveries and knowledge to inform future reef policies and management practices.
Following this day, other dives were made by the other scientists where several specimens were brought up such as different sponges and a sample of sand.
Each day was concluded with an evening presentation by one of the scientists who elaborated on their mission and the specific findings during these days.
Also joining this trip was Entrepreneur and adventurer, Luc Hardy. Being and adventure seeker he was in the position of accompanying the scientists on their exploration of the deep reef during these dives. Being interested in combining technology with underwater research he also worked with an ROV and a Drone to captured parts of this expedition.
You can read more on the Chapman Expeditions site.