Before my supervisors arrive and the experiment will be started I’m first testing my cage set-up. The cages are build out of concrete-iron with fishing nets on the sides and on top of the cage, attached by cable ties. The net is 5cm in diameter to prevent the turtles from getting stuck into the net. Within the cage I’ve tested the best way to sample, harvest and count the seagrass shoots. And also tested how long it takes for the seagrass leaves to grow back. The locals are very interested in the strange things that I’m doing underwater so it’s never boring. I’m leaving to Balikpapan know to pick up my supervisors and check the seagrass in Balikpapan bay and after that the experiment can start. Finally! Click on the photo for more pictures.

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