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A remote site with a diversity of wildlife including an abundant population of American alligator (visible here surrounding the water's edge), black vulture, fish including catfish and tilapia, mussels, snails and wild hogs, to name a few.
Photo from video.
Brooks Paxton (left) and Sean Paxton aka kids in a candy store.
Expedition Team L-R: Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton (Think Out Loud Productions), Curt Bowen (President - ADM Exploration Foundation), Dr. Weiqi Lin (Sarasota County Coastal Resources), Jon S. Perry (Sarasota County Water Resources), John Ryan (Sarasota County Water Quality Scientist), Jim Culter (Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist; Program Manager, Benthic Ecology Program, not pictured).
Deep Hole is an ancient gathering place for many generations of the American alligator; possibly spanning thousands of years. Determining when the hole was formed is one of the many questions this project and study hope to answer.
Photo from video.
A trolley line rigged by Curt Bowen across the the hole to help keep the boats stable and stationary when needed during data gathering and documentation.
Jon S. Perry (left) navigates a zig-zag pattern across the hole's surface to gather bathymetric data with an echosounder while Sean Paxton (center) documents the work and Weiqi Lin monitors the flow of data on his laptop up front. Bathymetry is the study of underwater depth. Data points like this gathered by the team during this expedition will help in constructing a visual reference or map of Deep Hole and its unique subsurface characteristics.
The echosounder monitored by Weiqi Lin.
Side-scan sonar unit.
Live-monitor, deep drop, infrared camera system, custom configured for Think Out Loud Productions by Randy Cribbs of SeaView.
This marker buoy was attached to a downline by Curt Bowen and team near the hole's west wall. Water sensors that will measure and archive variations in temperature and other readings were also attached to the downline at 60 and 100 foot depths. The downline serves many purposes and will also be used for dive operations when they commence on future expeditions.
Curt Bowen (lower right) views and directs a live, infrared video feed of the bottom approximately 120 feet below the boat while John Ryan (to his right) moves the boat along the line. Brooks Paxton (popping this shot at center), Sean Paxton controlling camera depth and Weiqi Lin monitoring depth on the echosounder up front.
Curt Bowen (right) viewing the bottom while John Ryan controls the boat's position.
Curt Bowen (lower left), John Ryan, Sean Paxton (center), Brooks Paxton, Weiqi Lin (front).
That's it for now. Stay tuned for more information, details, video, pics and discoveries from the 2012 Myakka River State Park Deep Hole Expedition.
Headed home. Photo from video.
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