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SEA Currents: Jun 2016


June 11, 2016

Mama Cramer Love

Leona Waller, Colorado College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today was a big day for Mama Cramer. She got a pedicure, and manicure, and salt water scrub, and face mask. Every Saturday we show our love for our home and transportation by dedicating the afternoon to her cleanliness. It was a little nasty, but at the end of the day very satisfying.


June 11, 2016

A Series of Shifts

Abby Labby, 1st Assistant Scientist

Pacific Reef Expedition

alutations from the lab of the Robert C. Seamans! Abby here, and super excited to share the goings on of the ship today! It’s been an incredible journey from the South Pacific, through all of the equatorial currents, and now we’re fast approaching the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre! The weather is moving away from the sunny skies that we’re accustomed to and heading towards dark and squally horizons as we creep closer to the ITCZ.

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June 10, 2016

Learning how to be a valuable crewmember

Ian Selig, Wesleyan University

Transatlantic Crossing

Another busy and exciting day here in the Atlantic! While we didn’t spot any particularly interesting wildlife today, we still had a lot of fun. To help solidify learning all the lines of the ship, there was a ‘line chase’ competition today between the three watch groups. This was a fun way to make sure we were learning the lines correctly based on how they work, rather than simply memorizing a diagram.


June 09, 2016

Northeastern students (& SEA alumni) take aim at marine plastic pollution

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News:
Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution
By Greg St. Martin

World Oceans Day is Wednesday, and events held around the world will cel­e­brate the planet’s oceans and raise aware­ness of the ways society can honor, pro­tect, and con­serve them. This year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” is meant to pro­mote the pre­ven­tion of marine plastic pollution.

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff at North­eastern are engaged in numerous research projects across many dis­ci­plines and other efforts around cli­mate change, marine sci­ence, and urban coastal sustainability—particularly through the Marine Sci­ence Center in Nahant, Mass­a­chu­setts. Here are three ways mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on ocean plastic pollution.

Read the full story.

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June 09, 2016

Aliens and Dolphins and Whales, oh my!

Katie Armstrong, Mount Holyoke College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello land dwellers!

We had quite an eventful day today! After enjoying the clear blue skies and warmer temperatures this morning, everyone was delighted that this afternoon brought a pod of orca whales (along with not-quite-so-exciting cloudy skies) close to the Cramer!

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June 09, 2016

Moments from the Life of a Beginning Sailor

Kat Troth, Longwood University

Pacific Reef Expedition

A gust of wind whips my hair like a great tumbleweed as my brain does double time to accept the fact that I’m standing - actually standing – on the deck of the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a vessel I have only dreamed of experiencing over the last few years. It is nighttime, and a strange darkness I’ve never seen before is in its final moments of settling in for the night.


June 08, 2016

Ko rapa, Kiribati!

Jessica Sevilla, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Pacific Reef Expedition

“It’s an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to sea √ whether it is to set sail or to watch it √ we are going back from whence we came.” - JFK

Today was a unique experience aboard the Robert C. Seamans because we had two groups of high school students from Kiritimati Island visit the ship. They did some sail handling and checked out some creatures that we’d caught in the neuston net through the microscopes.


June 08, 2016

Sunny Day and Square Sails

Molly Lapointe, Mount Holyoke College

Transatlantic Crossing

Today was a beautiful day here in the Atlantic! Weather-wise, a cold front has just passed us which brought sunny skies and beautiful sailing. Distant tropical storm Colin is giving us some pretty big swells, but now that most of us have finally overcome our seasickness, the rolling seas are enjoyable. It’s always interesting trying to plot a position or to put some food in your mouth when you’re being jolted around non-stop. but we love it!

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June 07, 2016

Scientist, Sailor, and Steward

Emma Guyot, Bowdoin College

Transatlantic Crossing

Hello all!

We have mostly adjusted to life at sea by now on day 5. I’m honestly not quite sure that only 5 days have passed at this point – our journey may have barely begun, but I feel like I’ve been on this boat for far longer and enjoying every minute of it! This morning, we saw a pod of pilot whales!!! I was alerted by the cry of “marine mammals!” and intrigued, rushed safely up the ladder to gawk at the whales along with the other members of the crew.


June 07, 2016

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a fair wind

Dana Norton, College of Charleston

Pacific Reef Expedition

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year, and my time in Christmas Island has definitely been some of the most wonderful of 2016. Having started my voyage with SEA Semester in New Zealand with class S265, I have quite a few nautical miles under my metaphorical belt, including quite a few from bumming around Tahiti. Seeing Christmas Island as we made anchor yesterday, however, I was blown away by its beauty.


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