Photos: ‘Diver Laura’ and friends’ Seacrest morning with ROVs

(Top photo by Laura James; other photos by Rachel Chaimson)
On Wednesday morning, the divers at Seacrest weren’t all human: As previewed here, “Diver Laura” James and friends went in with ROVs, to check on the sick-sea-star situation, among other missions. Laura sent a report and photos:

The day started by picking up the trash can that had been knocked over the night before:

Pretty gross. (Thanks to the kind gentleman who offered me a wet-wipe afterward.) Now on to the ROV’s :) They show up in BIG yellow boxes – seen here with National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bergman, who is currently working on the OpenExplorer platform, and OpenROV summer intern Christine Spiten from Norway:

The event was well documented by myself and another West Seattle shooter, Micah O’Keiley, and his snazzy camera (he’s helping me do a promo video for Diver Laura and Kids program stuff, for which I am AMAZINGLY grateful).

Video up in the next day or so. They are very cute – this one even has a shark fin!

Then it was time for me to get in the water with the little critters:

They were waiting impatiently:

Good dive! Vis was a bit murky, and the baby mottled stars that were abundant a few weeks ago are now sparse. There is wasting disease ongoing, with arms from moderately-sized mottled stars lying around at regular intervals.

All too soon it was time to pack up and head home:

As noted in Wednesday’s daily preview, Laura is working on her own OpenROV, and promises advance notice of explorations, so you can check it out in person.

6 Replies to "Photos: 'Diver Laura' and friends' Seacrest morning with ROVs"

  • Mike August 28, 2014 (6:13 am)

    This is so beyond awesome in so many ways. Research, bringing awareness of our local ecosystem and the impact we all have on it, using OPEN source tools, and I totally envy Erika Bergman. I’ve been a fan of National Geographic ever since I can remember and it’s part of why I love photography.
    Excited to see the work you are all doing. Very cool stuff.

  • miws August 28, 2014 (7:39 am)

    Thanks Laura & Crew, and WSB!



  • John August 28, 2014 (8:02 am)

    Sad to see the sick-sea-star situation along the entire west coast. Has it been determine if their deaths are associated with the life style choices of the most destructive species to ever inhabit this planet???

  • Erika August 28, 2014 (9:17 am)

    Yesterday was a blast Laura!!!!! Let’s collaborate again soon!

    Thanks for the kind words Mike, and guess what, You CAN be an explorer. Jump onboard, post en expedition idea, gain followers and you’ll be in the running for a free robot! Woo hoo!

  • heather August 28, 2014 (12:49 pm)

    Awesome! I appreciate both Divers Lauras research and outreach as well as the consistent WSB coverage. Keep it coming.

  • higgins September 2, 2014 (2:52 pm)

    Hi Bilgey!

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