Well, we hit a few bumps in the road and haven't gotten out on the water yet. But, it looks like we have all the issues resolved and we will be heading out this evening to start fishing! We used the time on shore to figure out how long the dissolving links that release the camera will last. Turns out it is a lot longer than we thought so we'll file them down! We are going to aim for a shorter deployment first - maybe 8-10 hours - before we try for a long one. I can't wait to see what we learn!
Jeremy and I got a few minutes to drive up into the mountains of Reunion (the pictures below are from the top to the bay where we will be working tonight). The slopes are so steep that the habitats change very quickly. We are on the west coast, which is drier, so it is very dry where we are staying. As you move up the mountain you eventually hit rainforest and then, above the clouds, small trees and bushes growing on rock and lava!
We may be out of touch for a few days on the water...hopefully we will have interesting things to share soon!