Daily Log Report for
4 May 1997

Submitted by Richard Pyle

After a seven-hour flight from Honolulu to Guam, Ken Corben and I spent last night in a cheap hotel and were up bright and early this morning for our 7am flight to Palau. Fortunately, we were able to leave our 11 checked bags (which included four complete Cis-Lunar rebreathers and an assortment of other miscellaneous gear in 69-lb. packages) at the Guam airport, so we didn't have to hire several taxis to transport the gear to our hotel, and then back again to the airport this morning. Our plane to Palau landed in Yap for a short stop, then continued on to Palau. The plane flew over the Rock Islands of Palau during its approach, and I took a few photos of the beautiful reefs below (through an airplane window -- these photos do not do the place justice!)

Rock Islands and coral reefs in Palau's lagoon.

Another island surrounded by an extremely inviting reef.
Upon arrival in Palau, we gathered up our equipment and cleared customs without a hitch. We loaded our gear onto a flat-bed truck and were transported to the Coral Reef Research Foundation facilities, on Malakal Island. This research station has some of the best lab facilities I have ever seen!

Lab facilities at the Coral Reef Research Foundation field station.
Ken and I spent most of the day unpacking and assembling dive gear. Late in the afternoon, we headed out for a shallow test dive to check the rebreathers (see below). Pat Colin also tested his home-built closed-circuit, electronically-controlled rebreather (aka, the 'Science Lung II'), which is remarkably simple in design. After that, we had dinner with a crew from the Waikiki Aquarium (who are in Palau to capture live Nautilus), and then we called it a day. John Earle, who was originally supposed to join Ken and I today, will arrive in Palau tomorrow morning.

Dive Number 1 of 1
Divers: Richard Pyle, Ken Corben

Solid line indicates depth, dashes ("-") indicate
decompression ceilings, bar ("|") represents cleared to surface.
Max. Depth: 92 feet (28 meters) Time: 5:09pm Duration: 45 min
Location: Augulpelu Reef; E side of reef; vertical drop-off (07 16.45' N, 134 31.48' E)
Marine Life: An assortment of jacks, tunas, and wide variety of reef fishes and other marine life typical of this region. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Remarks: We spent most of the dive testing the rebreathers, which appeared to work fine.

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