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SEA Currents: Jun 2015


June 14, 2015

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Sea

Kelli Walsh, A Watch, Ripon College

Transatlantic Crossing

DON’T PANIC!
This is the phrase our Chief Mate, Mack, will say when she is about to shine a white light on deck at night or when she is behind you doing something and is letting you know she’s there. And every time I hear these words, I think of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a book where the phrase holds some significance.

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June 13, 2015

Whales, Dolphins, Field Day, and Aloft

Darcy Cogswell, B Watch, Trinity College

Transatlantic Crossing

After sailing last night through a dense fog, we safely made it through iceberg alley and began yet another busy day aboard Cramer.  We also lost another hour of sleep last night as we have moved into a different time zone.  B Watch (aka Birthday Watch, aka Killer B’s)  began the day on morning watch from 0700 to 1300.  Not long after taking the deck, we saw spouts in the distance and our deck wash was briefly delayed as we watched whales.

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June 13, 2015

Field Trip to Maunalei Watershed

Katherine Lawlor, American University

Aloha Aina

Hello out there to all our friends and family whom we are all missing dearly! Today we started out early, as usual, and drove to the Maulalei to learn about the watershed, or ‘ahupua’a, from Kepa. The drive itself was quite interesting as we weaved through an extremely dry area with desert like vegetation (shrubs and trees) on a twisty, bumpy road.


June 12, 2015

21 and (about) 21 days to Ireland!

Ethan Fletcher, B-Watch, University of Vermont

Transatlantic Crossing

The final 21st birthday in B Watch was today! Despite the cold, wet, and fog it was a wonderful day on the Cramer to celebrate the big two one with Nolan and Darcy. Brittany and the galley crew deserve all the credit for filling the day with incredible food. The chocolate cake made by Brittany had the perfect icing to cake ratio.

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June 12, 2015

Field Trip to Hulopo’e Beach

Dejah Powell, Cornell University

Aloha Aina

Hi! My names Dejah, I’m from Chicago, Illinois and am a rising sophomore at Cornell University and I’m writing today’s blog. The previous day, we went up into the mountains and were taught by students from the Lana’i elementary and high school about the pine trees and different aspects of the ecosystem as we hiked up into mountains. Today we had the opportunity to teach many those same students about topics we were pretty familiar with, which included coral reefs, the nitrogen cycle (and how that connects the land to the sea), fish dissections, island geology, and tide pool biodiversity.


June 11, 2015

The Great Pin Chase

Sean Stivaletta, A Watch, College of Charleston

Transatlantic Crossing

Day 8 at sea and life could not be more different than from home. Yesterday the fog rolled back in and it has remained pretty dense ever since, aside from a few precious moments of sunshine breaking through. Last night A Watch had the evening watch from 1900-2300 but unfortunately the wind shut off and we had to turn the engine back on (and unfortunately the fog horn with it). Mack (the first mate) had us take down the Jib Tops’l (JT) on our own as the fog rolled in like walls all around us and limited our visibility to several feet.

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June 11, 2015

Field Trip to Lana’i Hale mountain peak

Haines Duff, Stevens Institute of Technology

Aloha Aina

This morning started with an early hike to a historic fog drip station on the Lana’i Hale peak. There we were able to learn alongside native Lana’i students, discussing issues surrounding invasive plant growth and controversial historic land management, making connections between what we’ve been discussing in the classroom and the effects on the surrounding community.


June 10, 2015

Our Most Amazing Moments…Thus Far

Fabia Maramotti, B Watch, Wagner College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today is a beautiful and unique day, as every day is on the Cramer. This morning the stars were amazing; I really can’t find sufficient words to describe them. The sky was incredibly dark and clear and the stars shone brighter than ever before. I have never seen something as beautiful in my life.

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June 09, 2015

SEA Semester Alumnus Wins Award for Ocean Plastics Sensor

SEA Semester® in the News: “Student designs sensor for ocean microplastic research”
by Joe O’Connell, news@Northeastern University | June 9, 2015

Ethan Edson pre­sented his “Man­taray” pro­to­type sensor at RISE:2015 this past April and earned the under­grad­uate award in the Engi­neering and Tech­nology cat­e­gory. His inspi­ra­tion for the project came while par­tic­i­pating in the SEA Semester pro­gram in Woods Hole, Mass­a­chu­setts, two years ago, when Edson was studying bac­teria growth on microplas­tics that he col­lected by drag­ging a net behind a boat. Read the full story here.

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June 09, 2015

Safety drill: Oscar has been saved

Sarah McTague, C Watch, Stony Brook University

Transatlantic Crossing

Today marks the sixth day at sea for us here aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It has been a lovely day filled with sunshine and plenty of smiles as the last of us have finally reached the end of our sea sickness. For C watch, our day started last night on our watch from 1900-2300. We were amazed by one of the most beautiful sunsets you could imagine, which several people said looked like it was painted across the sky.


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