The end of The Saba Bank Expedition 2018
Day 6. Back in Sint Maarten
Friday 23 November. We are back in Sint Maarten. It was a terrific expedition, a great group of people and a fantastic crew on board of the Caribbean Explorer II. Sarah, Brett, and Kirsten the divers from the Explorer accompanied each group on every dive and made sure we all got back on board in one piece. They feel as much as expedition members as all others and I’m grateful for all their help.
We have been able to assess every planned location even though conditions on the Bank were harsh (just have a look at some of the videos where we try to get back on board!).
We visited 12 different locations on the bank and every team carried out their research. Now it’s back to the Netherlands to analyse the collected data and write our reports. At this point there is little that can already be concluded except that the Saba Bank is an amazingly healthy place. On almost every location we observed big groupers and sharks, animals that are mostly absent on most islands in the Caribbean. The reefs look healthy and corals are growing and slowly regaining lost cover. Protection and continued monitoring will help to safeguard the biggest and most diverse Nature Park of the Netherlands.
Thank you all for following the 2018 Saba Bank expedition!