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SEA Currents: Aug 2016


August 05, 2016

Birthday on the Bobby Sea

Brooke Morgan, C-watch, Cal State U, Monterey Bay

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Around 2400 I came back to quarterdeck after coiling and hanging lines to find Sergio waiting. Immediately he started singing “happy birthday” with Ruthann joining in after a few moments. I couldn’t help but giggle. To re-enforce some humility, Ruthann and I then promptly went to the galley to grab and then dump food waste overboard (accidentally dumping the bucket overboard too as we hit a big swell…) It’s been a perfect start to an unconventional birthday.


August 04, 2016

A Final Blog for C-268!

Ed Sweeney, 1st Assistant Scientist

Historic Seaports

Here we are. Safely in Cadiz on the final day of program. The warm breeze a stark contrast from our cool, cloudy days in Cork at the very beginning of our adventure. And in the same way, our return to the busy land life quite a bit different from our small shipboard world on the vast high seas.


August 04, 2016

From Me, to Shining Sea

John Pitts, Stetson University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Hello again, people of Earth!

I am told that’s also still where I am, although I can scarcely believe it. If we’re really still on this planet, then we must be the most fortunate people on it. Gazing at the stars in Orona, Chrissy asked me and Cody if we believe in magic, and this place is definitely magical. Last night as Alexandra and I spiraled into pure childhood joy watching sharks, dolphins, and trevally gather alongside the Seamans, we once again realized that whenever you think you’ve experienced all it can possibly offer… presto, something else rises from the deep blue to totally take your breath away.


August 03, 2016

Work & Play on Board

Tanner N. Tillotson, Chief Engineer

Historic Seaports

Chief Engineer reporting in again.  Sailing is lot of work, and the students and deck crew are kept busy by rolling waves, wind shifts, double-jibes, and setting/striking canvas.  Equally busy are the scientists in the lab, the stewards in the galley, and the engineers doing whatever it is we do.  Same can be said of Professor Dan, holding class every day, setting up lessons, and helping/motivating students to finish their projects.  With all this work that you’ve heard so much about, it’s time, I think, for a look at the lighter side of this voyage.


August 03, 2016

At the End of the World

William Feeney, Macalester College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

It’s fitting that Nikumaroro is an island of spirits in I-Kiribati culture, because it certainly feels possessed by something not present in the other islands we’ve anchored by—it feels like the end of the world, or at least the human one. Extremely isolated, heavily forested, guarded by steep underwater slopes and an expansive reef, and home to thousands of seabirds, innumerable schools of fish, turtles, sharks, and unnervingly large crabs, it is not a human place.


August 03, 2016

Last of the lasts ( The last academic day…)

Asanya Wawlagala & Nadine Wong, Barnstable High School & Cherry Creek High School

SEA Semester

Today we woke up and had a wonderful breakfast of blueberry scones, compliments of Sabrina.

Then, we had a watch meeting where we had group activities and games, before heading up to Madden for our first class, Oceanography.

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August 02, 2016

Boats, Boats, Boats!

Spenser Egnatz & Daniel Wahl , Fieldston School & Acalanes School

SEA Semester

Today was our first classroom day in a while. We started with a guest speaker, Jenny Ruben speak to us about ocean acidification. That transitioned into a lab about ocean acidification, where we manipulated the pH and CO2 levels of a solution by adding yeast and sugar. We learned that with the rise of CO2, the pH goes lower. With these major changes coming into play on the global scale, commercially harvested shellfish are in trouble.

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August 02, 2016

Arrival in Cadiz

Katarina Rolf, A Watch, Sailing Intern

Historic Seaports

Hello faithful blog readers! First of all, thank you for your continued loyalty to the C-268 Daily Update. We at sea never really know who is reading until we return home, but we do get mild amounts of comfort knowing that our words are read by at least one or two folks (hopefully more).


August 02, 2016

Setting Sails and Finding Hope

Elena Sinagra, C Watch, Sarah Lawrence College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I have recently finished my first draft for my policy project after a lot of help from my policy class discussions.  My project attempts to explore ways to redistribute an allocation of fishing rights back to Kiribati, so their resources and profits could be internalized.  This differs from their current situation, lacking the infrastructure to cost effectively harvest the resource (mainly tuna) they sell the rights to fish in their EEZ to foreign vessels which often originate from the United States and Japan.


August 01, 2016

A Day in Woods Hole

Matthew Magann & Grace Acquilano, Milton Academy & Staten Island Academy​

SEA Semester

This morning we awoke to delicious aroma of breakfast sandwiches and coffee. After breakfast we all drove to Woods Hole, where we spent our day. The weather was cooler than before, in the low 70’s and sunny. We started off the day with the Zephyr Education Foundation in a WHOI marine invertebrate lab. We then walked down to the WHOI dock, we we saw an array of underwater vehicles, including the sphere from Alvin, the famous submersible which explored the wreck of the Titanic and discovered hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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