We had two days of diving planned and we were diving mainly new targets based on some findings and data from Tyler Stalter.
On Monday, we dove a helicopter (more on that later) and yet another new “abandoned” airplane (again, more on that later). Between dives on Monday we went to go look at a target Tyler saw in the data in about 170 feet deep off of Point Loma. We didn’t find anything there but on the slow ride back to the second dive site, Lora saw something interesting on her new sonar system and she marked it.
On Tuesday we dove a different target in about 210′ (another story for later — you can see the pattern here) and then went to go check out what Lora had seen.
The fun, interesting, and sometimes funny thing about diving new targets is that you never know what you are going to find…I’ve missed targets and found a cute baby octopus and other times I’ve found weird barge like structures and other times just piles of rocks in 250 feet of water
Yesterday, when I was slower going down and finally got down to the bottom of the down-line to meet Ben, he looked at me and said “It is a f’ing whale!”
I took a bunch of pictures and some video of the whale and then thought that it might be a cool subject for a photogrammetry model and took some more photos. I missed one side and should have stayed down longer to finish photographing it, but the model turned out reasonably well:
Below are a few photos of the whale as well. The visibility was 5-10 feet and it was literally a night dive in terms of ambient light. I haven’t really edited any of these photos so there is a lot of backscatter but you can definitely get a sense of the whale:
Below are screenshots of the model:
Here are some photographs:
We are in contact with both NOAA and Scripps institute. They are interesting in potentially getting some samples of the whale. We are likely to do another dive on the site to gather more data and more pictures.