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SEA Currents: Mar 2017


March 20, 2017

Drifting

Michaela Squier, C-Watch, Oberlin College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from the other side… of the Gulf Stream

We are extremely close to Florida, just about 100 miles away. We spent last night anchored in Bahamian waters, but this morning the anchor started dragging as a cold front passed our location so we got underway and then we heaved to in order to drift for the remainder of the afternoon so we could comfortably focus on our oceanography presentations.


March 20, 2017

The People’s Net

Erin Adams, Third Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

Mattias, the Chief Scientist, and I were sitting in lab the other day idly chatting and, after a lull in the conversation, Mattias turns to me and asks what I think the theme song for the Neuston should be.  With some thought and discussion, we decided it should be some kind of power ballad from the 80s. Perhaps Styx’s “Come Sail Away” or Journey or something like that.


March 19, 2017

The Sounds of Bob

Shem Robinson, C Watch, Middlebury College

The Global Ocean

Since we’ve left Wellington, reminiscence that starts like “I’m really going to miss.” has begun to filter into our everyday conversations. The other day, sitting on a port-side deck box, Elsbeth and I couldn’t stop talking about how much we’re going to miss good old steady Bob, our uncreative yet endearing nickname for the Robert C. Seamans. When you live on a 135-foot boat and it’s your job to attend to the details it’s easy to become hyper-familiar with every nook and cranny.


March 19, 2017

A Banner Cramer Day

Marissa Shaw, 3rd Assistant Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Greeting from the Bahamas once again loyal readers!

Today was a day aboard the Cramer that one dreams about.  It started with me and the rest of C Watch at 11:30 with a watch meeting on the doghouse top amidst a beautiful sunny Caribbean morning.  We all shared our high tide and low tides for the past week, gave out beads as special acknowledgements of good deeds, and then had time for reflection.


March 18, 2017

J-WO: Savage-style!

Maddy Savage, A-Watch, University of Washington

The Global Ocean

Reporting live from the Robert C. Seamans! Guess who is leading the troops this dawn watch as J-WO (Junior Watch Officer)? THE SAVAGE as my fellow teammates like to call me (it is also my last name). This entails overseeing the deck and wellbeing of the ship along with making sure hourly checks (boat checks, engine check, navigation) are being done. Who knew that this would be the most challenging part of this program for me personally?


March 18, 2017

Thank You

Maddy Ouellette, C Watch, University of New England

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello and Good Evening Family, Friends, and Readers!

I first want to start today’s blog to tell all of you that we are all well and having the times of our lives! We had a small change of plans with our second port stop in Cuba, but turned out ok because we got to go to this gorgeous little island called Great Inagua. We did some beachcombing, some snorkeling, and some much needed relaxing. Since Great Inagua, we have consistently been going 6-8kts (except for times where we are deploying science).


March 17, 2017

April 9 Public Lecture to Examine Caribbean Environment

SEA Semester

Sea Education Association will host a public lecture, “Sugar & Sunshine: The Long-Term Environmental Impact of Extracting Wealth from the Caribbean,” on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m.  SEA professor Craig Marin will deliver the lecture, part of SEA’s Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Center, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth.  It is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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March 17, 2017

New Zealand on the Move

Nick Dragone, Assistant Scientist

The Global Ocean

New Zealand is a country with a very active geologic history. The country sits at the convergence of the Australian Plate and the South Pacific Plate. The movement of these plates over time created the mountain ranges and geologic features that New Zealand is famous for. Another result of this movement is that the country experiences almost constant seismic activity. Last November, an earthquake near the Kaikoura Peninsula changed the bathymetry and topography of the region, raising portions of the land and seafloor several meters along the fault.


March 16, 2017

A Good Swim and a New Phase

Gabrielle Page, 2nd assistant scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello from the Corwith Cramer! We are well and busy here – let me catch you up on the last couple of days aboard the ship.

Only a short time after our excellent port stop in Santiago, we reached a quiet, peaceful island called Great Inagua on the southern side of the Bahamas. Rather than the white sand and coral rubble it is made of, the cool waters surrounding the island is where we spent most of our short stop.


March 16, 2017

Crossing Cook Strait

Julia Kipp, B Watch, Union College

The Global Ocean

A sunny day yesterday gave us time for one last cone of gelato and the opportunity to catch up on school work before taking on busy life at sea again. I think it’s safe to say that we all had more than enough time to do and see what we wanted in the city, and a lot of us were anxious to get back out to sea for our last week together. Between visiting Te Papa museum (multiple times), the McGuinness Institute, climbs to Mount Victoria and cable car rides to the botanical gardens, we were able to cover a lot of ground.


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