Surveys in Shallow Water
Brady Barrineau spotting coral heads on the bow of the survey vessel.
We are often asked how we survey in such shallow water. Our answer of course is always very carefully. In Tanapag Lagoon, the entire area is covered in large brain coral heads that remind you of picking your way through a mine field. To systematically survey in such shallow water the vessel travels very slowly, with a lookout on the bow to make sure we do not ground out. There are some areas though where we just can't safely navigate. We will study our coverage maps and begin to fill in the areas to ensure complete coverage of Tanapag Lagoon.
Coral heads throughout Tanapag Lagoon. (Large View)
Outside Garapan Lagoon
The survey has moved to outside the reef line of Garapan Lagoon in the heart of the Invasion Beaches. Several areas have the potential to hold tanks and landing craft lost during the invasion. The reef line is very broad and flat in this area and you can see why they chose this area of Saipan for the landings. Once we analyze the data we will report back on the potential findings.
Broad, flat reef outside of Garapan Lagoon.
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