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SEA Currents: Apr 2016


April 25, 2016

SEA Change

Siri McGuire, A Watch, Wesleyan University

Ocean Exploration

The day is finally here- the day I get to send my one virtual message in a bottle to the outside world through this post. I’m assuming the outside world still exists, though after weeks and weeks of the staring out into the open ocean, I sometimes have my doubts. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to best give a snippet of life here, though on the ship, “here” is an interesting concept because “here” is constantly changing.

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April 25, 2016

Mike Oscar November Delta Alpha Yankee

Natasha Willcox, A watch, University of Rhode Island

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The Sargassum is back! Kind of. Today we found the most Sargassum on the whole trip thus far, but it still wasn’t a whole lot. We wanted to take advantage of the find, so we were hove to all the way until class time at 1400. We got plenty of samples, and they are now being processed. Since being hove to means not too much action of the watch crew on deck, we decided to practice some celestial navigation.


April 24, 2016

Soggy Sunday, Sunny Sunday

Dr. Robbie Smith, Curator, Bermuda Natural History Museum

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Hello all ashore! What a day of contrasts today. I was up at dawn to look for seabirds and it was raining off and on. We had shortened sail, taking down our mainsail, and we watched some lightening away in the distance. After a delicious breakfast of scrumptious fresh muffins it was time to get back on deck and it was pouring rain, hard rain. No wind though and we drifted slowly along.


April 23, 2016

Saltier Still

Kazia Mermel, B Watch, Carleton College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Hello loved ones on land! And, greetings from the North Atlantic. Now that we’ve finished a quick trip through the Dominican Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone, we’re back to doing science! Some pretty snazzy stuff has come up in our nets in the past 24 hours, including lots of Sargassum, our first spiny lobster larvae (yay!), and a frogfish, which is an awesome, grumpy looking little fish found in association with Sargassum.


April 23, 2016

Galley Report

Lauren Heinen, Steward

Ocean Exploration

Hello all.  This is Lauren, the steward. I have the pleasure of serving up your kids/siblings/friends 6 meals a day. And what a group of eaters they are.  I revel in the enthusiasm they have for every single thing that is served to them. What’s morning snack? Oranges?? ORANGES!!!!!!! I’m convinced that it’s a conspiracy to keep me happy.

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April 22, 2016

The Salty Adventure Continues

Eric Walton, A Watch, Colby College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

To the possible dismay of my parents, it has taken a nautical adventure for me to learn how to enjoy cleaning. During morning watch today, I and other members of A watch had a great time cleaning the deck, using the saltwater fire hoses, dish soap, and brushes to keep Mama Cramer happy and clean. Getting sprayed (usually accidently) by cold saltwater was a great way to wake up in the morning.


April 22, 2016

Homage to Sea and The Seaman’s

Tristan Thamm, B Watch, Gap Year

Ocean Exploration

I wake up with a bright twinkle of confusion, buzzing and fluttering around my head as a quiet petite voice interrupts my deep savory slumber. A groan is an acceptable response as long as the person is doing the waking knows I am awake. As try to yank myself from my cozy warm pillow that is gently rocking me back to sleep with each sway like a mother cradles a baby back to my mind wanders and convinces me to take a few more moments to think of my day to come.

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April 21, 2016

Countdown

Gabriel Rodriguez, C Watch, Colorado College

Ocean Exploration

The countdown is on. For weeks now we have been watching our longitude decrease as we have made our way east from the Chatham Islands. As we near the longitude of Tahiti, our focus is shifting to the ever so slowly decrease latitude. The turn north is on everybody’s mind. North means switching out fowl weather gear and beanies, for tank tops and sunscreen. While no one is in any rush for this voyage to end, a tropical climate sounds incredible after several weeks of the Roaring Forties.

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April 21, 2016

Settling In

Dana Bloch, C Watch, Bowdoin College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

While yesterday was a tough adjustment for some, to the feeling of the swells, today, on the whole, we all felt much better about the state of our stomachs. Though it is only our second day out of San Juan harbor, and our first full day of sailing, it feels as though we have been on the boat for quite some time. We are slowly grasping important skills, like how to sleep at odd hours, and how to appreciate each of the six meals every day.


April 20, 2016

The Big Picture

Amanda Quasunella, A watch, Albion College

Ocean Exploration

We are approaching the halfway point of the trip, which is insane to think about. Roughly 19 days have passed since we boarded the ship in Lyttelton, New Zealand and so much has happened. Each day has brought about new adventures, a wealth of knowledge, and indescribable experiences. I think that’s the hardest part about sitting down and writing this blog.

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