Cold and snow during mesocosms construction….

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Samir preparing the bags under sleet

Even if we are working in Mediterranean Sea, extreme weather condition events can happen … today we had to build 3 new mesocosms under rain which was nearly snow (sleet)! It change a lot from what we had in Stareso where we had high temperature (25-30°C). But the view from the pontoon worth all the freezing hands and wet feet! The weather didn’t delay the progress in land but we couldn’t put the 3 first (ready since Friday) to the sea. However this part (put them to the sea) is relatively fast so we should keep the schedule!

Margaux, Samir and Justine assembling a bag with its 'drum'

Margaux, Samir and Justine assembling a bag with its ‘drum’

It’s also time to let you know about the progress we did since February 1st (when the experiment officially start!). First of all was to build what we call the drum: it’s the upper part of the mesocosms. This was relatively easy and fast like playing with giant Lego! In one day we were able to do the 9!

The drum on the pontoon

The drum on the pontoon

The bags need to be equipped at the bottom with a circle and a net to allow the bag to fill with water but without big organisms such as jelly fish or small larvae. This step required high artistic skills to draw lines, cut the bag and attach the net. Only a women team can do it properly!!

Justine and Laure preparing one bag

Justine and Laure preparing one bag

Justine and Laure attaching the net to the circle

Justine and Laure attaching the net to the circle

But this, also imply to carry everything…

Amélie and Laure carrying one bag ready

Amélie and Laure carrying one bag ready

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