Niku IX is a TIGHAR-affiliated independent expedition organized and led by Dr. Tom King in association with a Betchart Expeditions tourist cruise to Nikumaroro. Dr. King, assisted by a staff of experts, will supervise on-shore research conducted by Betchart passengers. In addition, the National Geographic Society is sponsoring the use of four “forensic dogs” from the Institute for Canine Forensics. The dogs will search for human bones from which DNA might be extracted. TIGHAR is supporting the expedition with research and assets for underwater search operations to find identifiable pieces of the Earhart Electra. Representatives from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will also accompany the expedition to service underwater sensors collecting data on wildlife.

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Thursday, July 6
Wednesday, July 5 – No update

Heading Home

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The Niku IX expedition is on its way home. The past two days were spent at the Seven Site and diving in the main lagoon passage.

Nothing new to report from the Seven Site but divers have confirmed that, as we suspected, the bottom of the passage is littered with debris. Much of it appears to be pieces of Norwich City wreckage and probably junk from the village. Determining whether there is also airplane debris there will take a concerted effort that will have to wait for another time.

Prior to departing the island, the captain made a final evening circumnavigation. The Fijian crew members and Kiribati representatives performed a farewell ceremony in traditional garb.

The next update on the ship’s progress will be on Saturday.

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