The picture below was taken from inside the Sealink 1 research submersible. There was just enough room to turn from one side to the other in the tiny compartment, but I managed to turn around and shoot back at my fellow teachers through the 6 inch thick acrylic window.
I've taken over 300 pictures so far this week, but not one with me in it until the sub tour.
How'd you like to have this to drive to work each day?
We had the main sub pilot talk to us about the sub's capabilities and features. Like most high tech tools used around salt water, it takes tons of "routine" maintenance on land to keep these amazing craft working safely underwater.
You can rent this and the crew for $12,000 per day, but you need to budget for the sub tender ship too, which I believe went for $21,000 per day.
Save your pennies.
I like that this sub dates from 1975 ... my junior year in High School, and is still going strong.
A pilot and scientist ride in this acrylic pressure sphere. There's a good chance that if you've watched some amazing abyssal creature on some nature special, it was photographed from this craft.
Here's the manipulator claw attached to the sub. There's also a vacuum slurp gun attachment, trapjars, and a clamshell type grabber. You can even attach a speargun device to shoot fish tags into passing pisces.
This is what a sub window looks like outside the craft. It's got that wedge shape so that water pressure actually seats it more tightly in the window frame.
Tomorrow, we're going seining in the Indian River. Seining won't be anything new for me, but the neighborhood will be different, and frankly I never get tired of tossing, dragging, or pulling a net in water. We're just catching and releasing tomorrow, but I will have the camera with me as usual so I can share what we catch.
My problem is I'm getting a backlog of pics, so the Harbor Branch posting may go on for awhile after the experience is over.
Don't fret birders, I'm slipping out after class each day to explore and I have some pretty sweet bird shots to share soon too.
Sweet ... that is ... if you like wood storks feeding and sandhill cranes with chicks.