Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bahamas 2014: Divers Down!

Aquarium divers have just returned from a trip to the Bahamas to collect fish destined for the Giant Ocean Tank. Over the next couple posts, they'll share pictures and information about interesting fish and explain what it takes to transport fish from the Bahamas to Boston. Today's post comes from staff diver Chris Bauernfeind (video by Don Campbell).

So what does it take to get 11 divers into the water to collect fish.  For one, you need buddy teams - usually 2 sometimes 3 per team.  We also designate 1 person as a safety observer for each dive, who stays on the boat, records data like bottom time and tank pressure, and makes sure all divers that go in the water come out.

Dave, giving the safety observer his air pressure

It takes about 10-15 minutes for all the divers to get in the water... or 38 seconds if you take a time lapse video of it:

Scuba divers generally are very happy to be going scuba diving, as you can see by the smiling faces of the participants:

Brian and Alex


Franco and Maris




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