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SEA Currents: Jul 2016


July 28, 2016

Lisboa, Portugal

Molly Lapointe, A Watch, Mount Holyoke College

Historic Seaports

We made it! We are in Lisbon! After our longest leg at sea we arrived early Tuesday morning. We were all buzzing with excitement at the sight of land; eager to finally see what we’ve been reading about in Cramer’s copy of LonelyPlanet: Portugal.


July 27, 2016

Trash Talk

Aidan Nicholas & Caitlyn Fitch, Tamalpais High School & Binghamton High School

SEA Semester

Today we had Jeffrey Brodeur come and speak to us about Marine Debris source and solution: It’s everyone’s problem. This talk shared some quite interesting facts, such as 80% of Marine debris is onshore, whilst the other 20% is offshore, 60-80% of that being plastic. The debris gets into our ocean by directly (intentionally) or indirectly (winds, storms, etc).

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July 27, 2016

Ahoy from Orona!

Brooke Morgan, C Watch, Cal State U, Monterey Bay

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Have we arrived in paradise? I think we may have. We are anchored for the second day offshore of Orona – an island included in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area; a place visited by very few. Due to calm conditions we were able to be some of the few to go ashore. C-watch (my watch) experienced the island first yesterday morning. Climbing into one of the rescue boats, we motored through the crystal blue water to an approachable area of the island.


July 26, 2016

Whales!

Georgiana Ploss & Cailey Dorman, Falmouth High School & George C. Marshall High School

SEA Semester

Today all the cabins woke up earlier than normal (6:30!) and ate a wonderful breakfast of pancakes and sausages. Then at 7:30, after chores and making bagged lunches, we loaded onto a bus for an hour long drive. Many of us took the time to catch up on sleep and prepare for an exciting day of whale watching. Once we got there, we went on to the “Captain John” tour boat scheduled for a 9 o’clock departure.

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July 26, 2016

Orona!

Haidee Chen, A watch, Columbia University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Haidee, here again! I realize that y’all have probably already heard enough from me, but here it goes, two blog posts in a row! As Hamilton blares from my laptop, I can see miles and miles of Orona, pristine with its white sandy shore and strip of vegetation running down the middle: my version of happiness. Earlier today, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go snorkeling on a dive mission: the first of many that we would have at Orona.


July 25, 2016

Planning Careers and Creating Leaders

Matt Potoker and Spenser Egnatz, Calhoun School & Ethical Culture Fieldston School

SEA Semester

After our Maritime History class today we had the pleasure of hearing various members of the SEA community. The speakers included a past dean at SEA, Audrey Meyer, head and assistant scientists that participated in SEA Semester voyages, Jessica Donohue and Maia Theophanis, and a scientific engineer, Jason Clermont. Over the last week we have been learning about the processes and moving parts to both Maritime History and Oceanography, and seeing some of the people who are actually involved in these processes put what we have learned into perspective.

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July 25, 2016

Mind over Matter: If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter

Haidee Chen, A watch, Columbia University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

On a scale from a small rowboat in the middle of the ocean with a Beaufort force of 7 and a cruise ship smoothly sailing with civilization in sight, I fluctuate between a tugboat floating on a sea of mirrors and the Robert C. Seamans being rocked and inundated by the harsh wrath of Cthulhu (which happens to be my reality as of now). After overcoming the sea sickness that decided to sucker punch me in my stomach (literally) two days ago, my mind is in a relatively good place.


July 25, 2016

Approaching Lisbon

Candela Guo, B Watch, Barnard College

Historic Seaports

Today has been one of the busiest days I had on the Cramer. I started my day with a morning watch from 7am to 1pm with rest of my watch group (B Watch). I was the first to steer in the morning breezes, and it felt great to be on deck when the conditions were just about right. We have encountered some strong winds during our last two watches, but everything has calmed down a little this morning, so it was also easier to stay on course when I was steering.


July 24, 2016

Steward Appreciation Day

Nick Dragone, B Watch, 2nd scientist

Historic Seaports

Every day, our amazing galley team of Erin and Nina keeps us fed. Today, we let them sleep while the rest of the crew (mates, scientists, engineers, deckhands) filled in and cooked. We managed to feed everyone the usual 6 meals, but there is a reason “staff in the galley day” is also known as “steward appreciation day.” I only cooked one meal of the six, but that reinforced my opinion that the stewards are superhuman.


July 24, 2016

Our Day Off

Nicholas Potoker and Priscilla Chan, Calhoun School, NY & Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School

SEA Semester

Although the previous days of the week were filled with academic lessons, field trips and scientific labs, today was our day off. After a fun night watching Pirates of the Caribbean, we all rejoiced at the thought of waking up at 9:30 AM instead of 6:40 AM, and having French toast for brunch at 10:00.

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