by Bob Vrijenhoek
I found and named a new hydrothermal site
after Robert Dalpe, my first grandchild. It was named "Robbie's
The site was covered with deep-sea mussels
and tubeworms. We had a very successful day there collecting
the animals we needed for our studies.
The vent is located at 7 degrees 24.90 minutes
south and 113 degrees 12.00 minutes west at a depth of 2578 meters.
The water temperature was a balmy 20-30° C (just right for
We took plenty of pictures. Any subsequent
dives to this site will see the Robbie's Roost marker we left
at the site (half of a plastic paint bucket lid). Hopefully the
magic marker letters will last.
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