Kelp

In summertime we marine biologist get to venture out in the sun. Despite regular winds most of the year, summers here are great. But at these high latitudes they are short, only about 3 months. Unfortunately for me, I can get sea sick but still I manage to work my way around it.

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Last summer we wanted to estimate how extensive our kelp beds are in Húnaflói to see if there was some extra to be harvested for various purposes. We started off with looking out for sites of interest on kayaks (also took advice from local fishermen) then followed up with an underwater drone. The video recordings from the drone were used for classifying the kelp and other interesting things down there.