"Tasting" scientific data
Swimming as an expedition
I think I can recognize the individual oceans and seas by their taste. No joke: The North Sea tastes different, namely saltier than the Pacific. The Pacific has its own special "taste", or the Indian Ocean tastes different from the Atlantic.
Even if I keep my eyes open and experience the sea with all my senses, these experiences are of course emotional, and no factual, let alone scientific, knowledge can be derived from them.
My wish and ambition is to learn to understand our environment in order to then derive the right measures from the "actual state". This is the basic prerequisite towards more sustainability. The oceans suffer silently and beneath their surface life begins, which we as humans, despite all the technology, have not yet begun to understand.
In Prof. Heinz Schelwat, the founder and CEO of Sea and Sun Technology, I have found a partner who enables me to collect data during my adventures. Sea and Sun Technology specializes in building probes for maritime applications. These are used in research vessels, the navy and in laboratories. Water temperature, current velocity, PH content, oxygen content, the proportion of suspended matter and many other data can be measured at depths of up to 12,000m to the thousandth of a degree and with incredible accuracy in real time and forwarded for evaluation.
Such a research vessel costs a lot of money every day with crew, equipment and crew and can only penetrate nearshore regions to a limited extent to do the important work. And this is exactly where my area of operation is: Especially for the next big project "The Epic Swim Maui" I am swimming around the Hawaiian Island. I'm going to places where no human being has ever been before.
With the help of Prof. Schelwat and his team, I will be equipped with the latest technology and, like a research vessel, will be able to collect important data and help sharpen our understanding and record the actual state of the coast off Hawaii.
Until then, it's going to be exciting as there is still a lot of testing to be done. Here on The Blue Heart we will keep you up to date, let you participate in this expedition and take you with us on our journey. Be curious!