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Friday, February 3, 2012

Application notes :)

We got mentioned in the YSI Castaway (the manufacturers of the Conductivity Temperature Depth recorder that we use to measure salinity and temperature within our study area) Application Notes for 2011! Here is the quote;

"Recently, the CastAway-CTD was employed in a similar manner on BBC 1’s Ocean Giants, narrated by Stephen Fry. The first episode in a three-part series investigated why Blue Whales, usually a migratory species, stay around the Sri Lankan coastline in the warmer waters. Marine biologist Asha de Vos wanted to study the features of this water that sustain these whales year round, using the CastAway to record salinity and temperature levels at differing depths. She concluded, “Along our coastline, there are areas of mass upwelling of cold, nutrient rich water from the depths. These upwellings provide the perfect conditions for whale food; krill."

While CastAway retains all the advantages of a traditional CTD system, its additional appeal lies with its convenience, flexibility and speed—whether the instrument is being used in the freezing waters of the Arctic or the warm tropical waters of Sri Lanka."


  1. I love what you're doing and hope to see more. Will be following! Absolutely amazing, what majestic creatures. I can't help in any significant ways but if there's anything I can do small-scale to support this, count me in. Referring as many people as I can. Keep up the amazing work!

  2. Thank you thank you thank you!! I really appreciate your support -- keeps me going!!! Referring people is a great way to support the project :) Asha

  3. Amazing work indeed! Saw the doco on one of the local channels in New Zealand and was so amazed to find out that these beautiful whales live off the coast of sri lanka, was there this time last year. Very keen to follow your work and hope all goes well. Will be referring friends and family to your work. Do you have a facebook profile that may be followed? All the best! Shalika

  4. Thanks Shalika - so very much! I have a facebook profile for this project which basically has mostly the same posts as these....but you can add it as a favourite - its the Sri Lankan blue whale project too :)