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SEA Currents: Jul 2017


July 27, 2017

Mystic Seaport Field Trip

Jill Powers & Juliette Brophy, Andover High School & Stone Ridge School

SEA Semester

The wonderful 6:15 wake up today had every one of us filled with joy. (jk) We slept walked down to a table filled with bagels and fruit to start our long day ahead. Chores were completed before we all mustered to board our bus to Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. After another two hour nap opportunity most of us gladly took, we finally arrived in Mystic around 10.

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July 27, 2017

Orona’s Lagoon

Jessima Ranney, C-Watch, University of Maine

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

When our story left off we were anchored in Orona, one of the numerous (relatively) untouched island atoll oases comprising the Phoenix Islands. Today we are back underway, sailing under the four lowers towards our next terrestrial target, Winslow Reef. While I’m feeling slightly woozy from seasickness induced from being back underway, I will attempt do justice in recalling the beauty and wonder of snorkeling with the giant clams in Orona’s lagoon…


July 26, 2017

Living in the Moment

David Davis, Georgia State University

SEA Semester

When I was younger I would travel to a new place and never think about being there. I would have an experience and not be in the moment, I would passively participate in a moment.  I honestly lacked an appreciation of “the moment”.  I didn’t know that as I got older, most of the people that I had these great experiences with would no longer be part of my life.  I didn’t realize that sometimes there are perfect moments that might only happen once in your life.  I didn’t realize I was having a perfect summer until after it was fall.


July 26, 2017

Holding my Breath

Barbara Ann Heerken, B Watch, Northern Arizona University

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I’m holding my breath, because I have been asked to find the green orb and place it on the horizon. I’m holding my breath, because I’m navigating through an endless-blue-nowhere by the light of the star that is mine, because I picked it; I know its name, and it’s the only one I can see out of the black waves stretching a thousand miles in every direction and the black sky stretching millions of miles in front of me.


July 26, 2017

Woods Hole Adventure

Mira Anderberg & Yuki Chen, Lexington High School & Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School

SEA Semester

This morning we had a voyage to Woods Hole to explore the ecosystem of the Cape’s water. We started the day with a boat ride. On the boat we used many oceanographic instruments such as underwater sled, a dredge, and CTD (which records, temperature, salinity, and depth of water). We used the dredge to get animals that live on the ocean floor. We found star fish, sea urchin, scallops, spider crab, jelly fish and whelk.

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July 25, 2017

Week 7 in Cramer MMP!

Laura Rea, Procurement Officer, Social Media and Public Outreach Officer

Cramer Yard 2017

Greetings from Belfast!! Things have been chugging right along here at Front Street Shipyard. We’ve reached the point where things are starting to be put back together, instead of just getting taken apart. It’s an exciting time to be alive!!

Engineering has been coordinating all the welding activity, and is happy to report that new steel has arrived and welders have been starting to patch up holes where old steel was cut out. This means that Cramer will no longer look like a scared tuna for much longer (see photo).

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July 25, 2017

Where has all the time gone?

Deborah Leopo, University of California, Santa Cruz

SEA Semester

I can’t believe it’s week seven. My time in PEP is flying and it has been an absolute dream! During my seven weeks, I have engaged in research, workshops and have developed wonderful friendships with my mentors and peers. For some time, I have been fascinated by hydrothermal vents, so to be studying them is a great honor and accomplishment. In the lab, I have been given the opportunity to familiarize myself with vent organisms and to analyze their community composition after a lava eruption on the seafloor.


July 25, 2017

Bucket Lists

Hailey Simpson, A Watch, University of Rhode Island

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I don’t think there is an adequate way to write a blog that encompasses all of the events and emotions that have happened over the past few weeks. The SSV Robert C. Seamans doesn’t take her company through the middle of the Pacific Ocean without some testy moments and times of utter confusion. Coming from someone who has only sailed a small Sunfish boat and almost crashed it into a jet ski (hehe love you, Hannah), I never thought that in only two weeks I would be able to understand and sail a 134.5 foot brigantine vessel which is comprised of 86 lines; all the while living with 38 shipmates whom I’ve mostly just met.


July 25, 2017

Sippewissett Salt Marsh

Elsie DiLisio & Elizabeth Gutierrez, Monument Mountain Regional High School & South High School, Denver

SEA Semester

Today, our 2nd day of SEAScape, and actually our first full day, we took a field trip to the Sippewissett salt marsh. After arriving by shuttle, we explored the extensive marsh, and collected samples of critters such as crabs, minnows, shrimp, pike fish, and other aquatic species that we were able to find and catch with nets. After exploring the winding streams and ponds full of diverse organisms we deposited all that were found into buckets, making sure to separate larger crabs, and potential natural predators from smaller creatures, so as to ensure the survival of as many organisms as possible.

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July 24, 2017

Welcome SEASCape Session 2!

Emma Tolerton, A House RA

SEA Semester

Despite the rainy and gloomy Monday weather excitement was high as we welcomed 25 new SEASCape students to the campus for Session 2! They come from all over the country and the world bringing their interests and eagerness to learn over the next three weeks. After a general orientation with parents, students, faculty, and RAs we broke off in to our individual houses to get to know each other and our house procedures.

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