the first day on board
is on board
Luca Recchi (Head of the expedition Mission Sharks,)
Giuseppe Gasparroni (Owner of the fishing boat Aldebaran),
Nicola Gasparroni (Captain of the fishing boat Aldebaran)
Angelo Mojetta (Ichthyologist), Diego Bertolani
(Instructor and diving operator),Marina Reichenbach (still-photographer),
Antonio Fanesi(crew), Graziano Crispini(crew), Efisio Pirarba
Our location shots today are taken by Danilo Madonna and Riccardo
is the fishing boat Aldebaran moored in the harbour of
Aldebaran is the boat in which Recchi will undertake the
first phase of "Mission Sharks". The fishing
boat will be employed on short sailings every week till
the 9th of May. All this has been established to allow
the fishermen to work during the week and to give the
Mission Sharks expedition the opportunity to test and
improve equipment and operations. In the photo you can
see the anti-shark cage on board.
meeting place for everyone involved was at the quay of the harbour
in Pescara: some were coming from Milan, some from Rome, some
from Sardinia and some even from Germany.
We boarded the fishing boat Aldebaran yesterday at 6.00 p.m, under
pelting rain. After a toast with Trebbiano d'Abruzzo and a frugal
dinner, the Captain bid us good night to us with an old saying
"When the mountain 'Gran Sasso' puts its hat on, sell your
goat and buy an umbrella". According to the barometer in
fact the Captain doesn't hold up much hope for the weather forecast.
Winds from the east with big swells is forecast. It will not be
easy to work. Let's go to sleep.
a.m. wake up
6:00 a.m. Alberto Luca and Diego prepare coffee
with milk and hot cakes.
6:30 a.m. Loading operations take place: ice,
fish, cage, oxygen cylinders and many, many other things.
The galley is okay.
We shall leave at 8:00 o'clock
8:00 o'clock, while we were loading the whole equipment
a TV crew arrived: Because of the wind the crew used a
east, north-east route
miles from the coast, just where the sea is changing from a greenish
colour into the blue of the current coming from the south, Captain
Nicola Gasparroni, turns the bow towards the land. It will be
easier to carry out the testing operations scheduled for today
nearer to the coast, close to the outer breakwater.
Diego baptises the expedition in the water and tries to enter
in and out of the cage.
All these operations take place under the gaze of watchful cormorants
interested in possible fish put to flight by this unusual underwater
activity. We spend the afternoon setting up the equipment.
Mojetta (on the right of the photo and dressed in yellow))
is the first of the biologists to officially open the "Mission
Angelo Mojetta is an ichthyologist who has been dealing with
the gathering of knowledge and preservation of sea for many
years. To sharks he has devoted the most part of his work.
For example he wrote the book "Sharks" published
by White Star.