|Jen Kennedy and Capt. Lee Schatvet|
Our first day , Wednesday, August 27th, Jen Kennedy (BOS), Elizabeth Hogan(WAP), Kara Wooten (WAP) and myself (NHSG) boarded the Yesterday's Storm and headed out towards the Isles of Shoals with our eyes glued to the screen of the Humminbird, which Lee had mounted on the side of his boat.
|Elizabeth Hogan (left) and Kara Wooten |
from World Animal Protection (WAP)
|Gabby Bradt hoisting the custom grapple|
|Capt. Lee Schatvet lowering the grapple|
|A beautiful sight- hauling up a lost trap- the first of many that day!|
|A lost lobster trap covered in kelp, sponges and tunicates|
While we processed those first 8 traps, Lee kept on grappling in the same area and suddenly, we were hooked on something else. Yep, he started hauling up a 10 trap trawl, also lost. More data collection, more pictures, lots of "look at all these amazing critters we never get to see" exclamations and lots and lots of Jonah and rock crabs, brittle stars, blood stars, lobsters, fish, worms and spider crabs that used seaweed as camouflage.
|Elizabeth Hogan (WAP) and Jen Kennedy (BOS) processing a ghost trap|
|Elizabeth Hogan (WAP) returning a beautiful Sea Robin back to the water|
|Lost trap "Mountain"|
|Captain Lee Schatvet using a lift to bring the traps onto the dock|