SEA Currents: Apr 2017
April 14, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
New Zealand to Tahiti: Spiro ’18 and Wu ‘18 are Sailing Through the Semester. No, Really.
By Doug Cook
Math and physics major Carina Spiro ‘18 and Jacquelyn Wu ’18, a math major, are sailing the South Pacific Ocean in an effort to address and better understand some of the most pressing global questions related to the marine environment.
Through SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), Spiro and Wu, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, are conducting guided field research projects during a voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti.
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April 14, 2017
The wind has filled in the past couple days and we have been able to sail full and bye (as close to the wind as possible) to make our way north and east to Tahiti. It has been wonderful to sail again, the endless thrum of the motor replaced with the hum of the wind as it blows through the rigging.
Yesterday, the students wrapped up their creature features with a presentation on Hyperiid Amphipods during class. Také and Romina presented on amphipod’s parasitic relationship to salps to the tune of “Your Welcome” from Moana.
April 13, 2017
There are twenty-four hours in a day and we use every minute of it. Thus, this blog post is for April 13th, and starts promptly at midnight. We were continuing East on a starboard tack under the Stays’ls. I had just relieved my shipmate from bow watch and took his spot standing on lookout in the foremost part of the ship. I fastened my harness around the Stays’l line and looked out into the horizon. There was a light breeze, and the sea rippled with the appearance of scales. Beaufort force 2. It appeared as if were sailing through the moonlight.
April 12, 2017
I’m sailing my first trip as a dayworker (I sleep at night and work during the day instead of standing watch), so I’ve been able to come up on deck and join the dawn watch for absolutely stunning sunrises the past few days. I know that there is beauty all over the world, but knowing that we are about 700 nautical miles from the nearest point of land makes the ocean seem endless, and the sunrise even more beautiful.
April 12, 2017
The students of C-273, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, will join the SSV Corwith Cramer in Nassau by April 18th. They will finish their voyage in New York around May 25th after a week long port stop in Bermuda and begin their second shore component in Woods Hole, MA.
April 11, 2017
Sea Education Association (SEA) will host a public lecture, “Time and Tide: An Anthropology of the Ocean,” on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. Dr. Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Sea Education Association, will deliver the lecture, the last of SEA’s Winter/Spring Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at James L. Madden Center Lecture Hall, Sea Education Association, 171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
April 11, 2017
Once upon a time there was a group of sailors. In their hearts they knew that there were fish out in the deep blue ocean, but where were they?
Their lines got taken, and day by day they came up with nothing. These poor sailors did not know what to do. They even ate (amazing) sushi with shrimp salad and smoked salmon in hopes of bringing in the fish. Their moral were down, no hope of fish on the horizon, then it happened. A TUNA!!
April 10, 2017
We’re about a quarter of the way through our time on the Seamans, and after some time of seasickness, and nerves about being the people in this (very small) ship community who don’t yet have knowledge of the ship on the forefront of our minds, people are feeling like themselves again. More time has been found for good conversations, sharing music and stories as well as sailing knowledge. The magic of this community is starting to shine through all of the transitions and information and changes that we have been processing for the last week and a half.
April 09, 2017
I think the highlight (besides the chai tea and cookies for snack) of today was that while walking around the deck, I forgot we were on a boat.
The swells are still large, but today I was able to walk around the engine room without creating a new bruise somewhere on my body.
April 08, 2017
As I’m sure won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me, I’ve spent the few spare moments of the trip so far reading a book about math for fun (thanks dad!). Several unsuspecting shipmates, upon lightheartedly making fun of me or questioning what I was reading, have found themselves subjected to a longer than expected (or desired) conversation about statistics. So I thought I’d try and wrangle up some statistics about how people on the ship are feeling today.