SEA Currents: Oct 2017
October 13, 2017
Malo e Lelei from Nuku’alofa! We are enjoying our last day here before we head out to sea again tomorrow evening. We woke up early to a misty morning, all excited to take part in projects with a few representatives from the Tongan Ministry of Environment, whom we all got to meet and talk to over a lovely dinner last night. I, along with 12 other students, hopped into a couple of vans to make our way to the Hoi mangroves, where we went to learn about, and participate in, the planting of these trees along the lagoon of Nuku’alofa.
October 12, 2017
When you’re a kid, you dream of seeing certain things-a shooting star, a really cool car, maybe even some sort of paradise like Hawaii that you always saw in beautiful magazine ads. When I was a kid, I dreamed of touching the Great Pyramid of Egypt, of walking along the Great Wall of China, and I badly wanted to find Cleopatra’s Tomb or discover a lost city made of gold in the Amazon. To clarify, I never thought I would be lucky enough to do any of those things, but an archaeologist has gotta dream right?
October 11, 2017
Keiley James from the University of Georgia shares her impressions of SEA Semester Week 1 on shore in Woods Hole, as she and her shipmates prepare for their Caribbean voyage later this fall.
October 11, 2017
I think back to this past summer, having that same conversation over and over again. “Where are you studying abroad?” Someone would ask. Happy to share the details of my upcoming trip, I would let those who asked know of my plans to sail from American Samoa, to Tonga, Fiji, and then New Zealand with SEA Semester. With a sarcastic smirk many people would respond, “Wow, sounds really tough.” While there have been plenty of leisurely moments, full of relaxation and exploration, most of the work we do is not what I would call easy or infrequent, but it is certainly what I would call rewarding. Let me walk you through the past 24 hours of life on the Seamans to paint a picture of the rigor and reward.
October 10, 2017
Cramer MMP is wrapping up with beautiful fall colors all over Belfast. Cooler weather, bright leaves, and pumpkin decorations all over town make it clear that the summer is finally over, and Cramer is getting ready to sail south!
October 10, 2017
We have once again lost sight of land and are somewhere sailing in the South Pacific ocean. The only thing that we can see are the clouds passing by with an occasional whale tail flopping out of the water during the day, and countless shooting stars at night. We are underway, heading south to our second destination in Tonga, Nuku’alofa where we will dock for a few days.
October 09, 2017
Days passed on the trip..the crew began to worry that no whales would be found before the breading season came to a end. As we sailed through the many islands of Tonga, a crew member spotted the blowing of a whale dead ahead! All the crew gathered on deck to spot it, and all around the ship, near and far, whales we appearing. Every time one was spotted, I would point in its direction and yell, “THAR SHE BLOOOWWSS!!!!”
October 06, 2017
Today was another exciting day in Neiafu. The day started off with another opportunity to work with VEPA (Vava’u Environmental Protection Association). We headed to Keitahi Beach this morning. The beach was gorgeous upon first glance, but the trash up and down the beach soon caught our attention. In only about an hour, we filled 47 bags of trash. We also had a few students filtering sand through mosquito net filters VEPA made to sort microplastics on the beach from the sand.
October 06, 2017
SEA Semester in the News
Globetrotter Magazine: Reflections from Abroad 2017 - 2018
There I was, standing 30 feet above the water, my toes curled over the ledge, about to jump into a frighteningly beautiful ocean trench in Samoa!
I really didn’t want to, but I had to, because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. The Samoan kids took the plunge, and then Mike leaped, and Erin wanted to, so I had to! I guess I felt peer pressure, but I like to think of it as good peer pressure.
The drop felt interminable, and I didn’t know what to do with myself in the air for that long. Finally the ocean’s surface broke my fall, and the water scooped me up and cradled me as if I were a newborn baby. Compliments for that amazing experience go to the Sea Education Association (SEA), through which I learned so much about nautical science, marine biology, and myself.
Read the FULL STORY (Scroll down to page 10)
October 05, 2017
Today was our first full day in Tonga! We spent the night tied up at the harbor in Neiafu after getting a chance to explore the town. Students stood hour long watches throughout the night, which was our first ‘opportunity’ to monitor the ship without the supervision of the staff. A.K.A the staff finally got a full night’s sleep.
This morning we were able to sleep in!