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SEA Currents: Pacific Reef Expedition


Bonnie Ertel, UNC - Chapel Hill
Pacific Reef Expedition

Today was a very exciting day for the crew aboard the Robert C. Seamans, as we were able to complete our first (of many) reef surveys! The surveys began at 0730 and continued throughout the morning, giving each Watch ample time to collect necessary data, pictures, and snorkeling experience. As someone who is not extensively familiar with reef snorkeling, this was an incredible first experience.


Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist
Pacific Reef Expedition

Greetings from the Robert C. Seamans! As I am writing, the ship is sitting at anchor at Rangiroa atoll. After a successful sail from Tahiti which involved handling lines, sampling water and deploying oceanographic gear, we entered Rangiroa’s lagoon shortly after first light this morning through Tiputa pass. Rangiroa is a huge atoll, measuring over 40 nautical miles in length and 20 in width. Its lagoon is so vast one cannot see the end of it; some say we seem to have entered another ocean altogether.


Dr Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist and Associate Professor of Oceanography
Pacific Reef Expedition

Today we set sail from Papeete, Tahiti; a momentous occasion. The moment we have all been waiting for, planning for, dreaming of these past many months full of anticipation and preparation.  We were escorted offshore by several species of seabirds, marking our first oceanographic observations of the cruise; and a truly stunning sunset alive with shifting colors.


Pamela Coughlin, Captain
Pacific Reef Expedition

Welcome aboard!

The Sailing School Vessel Robert C. Seamans is gracefully secure alongside the dock Epi Sud 4, Papeete Harbor, Tahiti, French Polynesia.

We are delighted to share that all hands are safely aboard, full of positive energy and ready to begin their academic adventure as crew members for our voyage - S-267 Pacific Reef Expedition.


Pacific Reef Expedition

The students of S-267, Pacific Reef Expedition, will join the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Pape’ete, Tahiti by May 23rd. They will end their voyage around June 19th, in Honolulu, HI, with planned port stops in Rangiroa Caroline Island, Kiribati and Kiritimati.


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