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SEA Currents: Jul 2015


July 28, 2015

Whale, That Was Fun

Sophia Spring and Erin Leathrum, Stoneleigh-Burnham School and Jacksonville High School

SEA Semester

Today started with an early morning wake up… it was terrible. However, after witnessing the majestic sight of breaching whales, our day became magical and wonderful. Our awe inspiring sea vessel, Tails of the Sea, took us from the wharf in Plymouth to the vast and mysterious marine sanctuary called Stellwagon Bank.

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July 28, 2015

Pitzer Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage in the Spotlight

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Pitzer Student Karl Kiser Sets Sail to Explore the Pacific”
Pitzer College | July 28, 2015

Pitzer College student Karl Kiser ’16 is spending the summer sailing on one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. Through an eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program, Kiser and 21 classmates are gathering data that will help scientists and policymakers better understand one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.

Read the full story here.


July 28, 2015

Transatlantic Crossing Student Featured by Trinity College

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News:
“Darcy Cogswell ’16 Charts Her Own Course Via Transatlantic Crossing to Ireland”
Trinity College | July 28, 2015

Rising Trinity senior Darcy Cogswell ’16 is among 17 undergraduates from top U.S. colleges and universities who sailed a tall ship across the world’s second-largest ocean this summer.

Read the full story here.

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July 28, 2015

Post-Docking

Farley Miller, Assistant Scientist

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

We are just settling down after weighing anchor at 0400 this morning for an early arrival in Lisboa, Portugal. All hands woke up early to witness cruising up Rio Tejo (River Tagus) towards Lisboa. Passing the Padrao dos Descombrimentos and the Torre de Belem (look them up, it was quite a sight). C-watch and a few helping hands had a busy time getting into the anchorage last night before entering the river, with gusts surging to the 47 kts!


July 27, 2015

Mauri From the Island of Orona!

Emily Callan, University of South Carolina

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

We arrived in Orona last night during the evening watch (1900 - 2300). Unfortunately, since it was pitch black out, save for the light of the stars, we could not see the island very well. So by dawn, when the sun finally began to peak over the horizon, everyone on dawn watch was in awe of the beauty of the island. From a distance, we could see an atoll full of trees and uninhabited by people since the early 2000s. After an all hands meeting after breakfast, it was decided that those who were on the dawn watch were allowed to be part of the first group to go ashore, which meant me!


July 27, 2015

An official report from the D.O.D.!!

Gracie Ballou, David Evans, Clare Feely, & JJ McDowell, Department of Deckhands

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

We’ve been sailing smoothly for days now as we approach Lisbon, and the deckhands on board have been a busy bunch. For those readers unfamiliar with deckhands (also referred to as sailing interns), we are new mariners helping out with every aspect of running the ship. We stand watches just like mates and students, help teach about the ship at every opportunity, and seek to learn more about sailing and life at sea than a single SEA Semester voyage could allow.


July 27, 2015

Salt Marsh Day

Maya Lombardi and Agatha Tatang, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Bishop O'Connell High School

SEA Semester

We started our day off with pancakes and cantaloupe. Then, we prepared to travel to the nearby salt marsh. We spent two hours taking sediment samples in the rain and trudging through the water. But, we had a lot of fun! We saw lots of small shrimp and krill, as well as hermit crabs and fish. We also saw clams and oysters. Sadly, we had to stop early because there was thunder in the distance.

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July 26, 2015

Climate Change in the Phoenix Islands

Krystina Lincoln, Williams College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

A major theme of both our science and policy work has centered on climate change, specifically how small islands nations like Kiribati can proceed in the face of quickly changing oceans. We’ve talked about the consequences of coral bleaching, acidification, ocean temperature increase and, most interesting to me, how the sovereignty of the small islands nations could be effected if the atolls are submerged by sea level rise.


July 26, 2015

A day in Falmouth!

Kevin Brown, Inter-Community School

SEA Semester

Today we got to wake up late, at 9:25, instead of waking up at 6:45. Sleeping in was amazing and Marisa prepared a delicious brunch for us. At noon some of us went to Falmouth and some of us went to watch the movie Ant-Man. In town we all split up into small groups and had the opportunity to explore the rich town of Falmouth. In addition we were able to do some shopping and eat some different cuisines. There was French, Mexican, Italian food and much more.

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July 26, 2015

Across the wide ocean

Shlomit Auciello, A Watch, College of the Atlantic

Historic Seaports of Western Europe

We personify the ocean, call her moody, call her “she” for that matter. In our classes we talk about changing cultural views about the sea. What was once boundless and unconquerable has become a place of limited resources, filled with the devices of human endeavor.


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