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SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans


Mar

11

NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmosphere

Jennifer Lutes, A Watch, University of New England
The Global Ocean

I Like Boats

Current Location
Queen’s Wharf, Wellington

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Docked

Weather
Beautiful- sunny, partly cloudy with 2 knot gusts of wind from SE

Yesterday was one of the best field trips yet, especially for the science nerds! NIWA, New Zealand's version of NOAA, invited SEA to tour their research vessel, RV Tangaroa, and their facilities in Wellington. NIWA was super generous, and a new connection for SEA was made.

We pulled up to the RV Tangaroa in shuttles provided by NIWA. Living on a tall ship, we are very limited with space and materials, so touring this massive vessel was a luxury. Not only was the Tangaroa equipped with more
science materials, it also had a gym and a hot tub! The ladders even had heads half way through them. The control room was much more high-tech than the Seamans' doghouse. At the end of the day, though, the Seamans has a place in all our hearts.

NIWA had many buildings on their Wellington campus. We toured the very loud supercomputer room that powers their programs. Half of the class attended oceanography lectures by PhDs of all different concentrations. The other half got to see their deceased organisms collection building. Seeing an isopod the size of my forearm definitely freaked me out. The icing on the cake was seeing a little blue penguin swimming in the river, checking out
our tour group right before we departed.

Today we departed Wellington and the wrath of Cook Strait greeted us with force six winds and nine-foot seas. A-Watch took over the ship and led us out from the sheltered bay. The glory of land will come in a few more days, but for now its time to put our sea legs to work.

Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you enjoy the presents I left you!

- Jennifer
 

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s271  port stops  new zealand  research • (2) Comments
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Comments

#1. Posted by rick lutes on March 14, 2017

For all you from the northeast in the US. We are having Storm “Stella”. Television calls it a Blizzard too. More “SNOW” to shovel.

Love you Jen


#2. Posted by carol lutes on March 15, 2017

Is the grass always greener on the other side??  What a great experience to see how other research vessels live.  YES! I love my presents, especially the card. Love you always.


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