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SEA Currents: Dec 2017


December 03, 2017

Aloft in the Tobago Cays

Tom Haller, C-watch, Colorado College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

While at sea, it is tough to find time to do schoolwork, relax, or even sleep; oddly enough it seems as though all 33 aboard, including the seasoned mariners, find plenty of time to slip deep into thought while staring out into the vast expanse of the ocean. Whether it is taking a break from lab work for “sunset appreciation time”, taking a moment to experience the plethora of stars which appear after the moon dips below the horizon, or, for some, desperately trying to not be sea sick, when you walk around deck you can see the gears turning in peoples’ heads.


December 03, 2017

A Zoo of Zooplanktons

Annika Hakala-Ord , Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean

A couple of weeks ago, Steve, the third scientist excitedly told me to grab my camera and come to lab-there was a lens they thought might work to photograph samples under the microscope. With a little puttering and a lot of knob turning, the eerie space ship bodies of the dinoflagellates and copepods began to come into focus.


December 02, 2017

Oh, What a Day!

Corinna Anderson, Sailing Intern

The Global Ocean

When C-Watch took the deck at 0100 this morning, we were told to put on our foulies because it had been raining for quite some time. Although it was pouring down on us, we still had great visibility from the waxing gibbous moon above us. As the moon started to set and the sun started to rise, we were able to see the orange glow of the moon peak through the clouds. It was definitely a bright spot! As the sky got brighter, I noticed a double rainbow while at lookout.


December 01, 2017

Our Huge World

Alex Ahlquist, B-Watch, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Man, the world is big! I’m on the Corwith Cramer right now in port at Union Island in the Tobago Cays, and it sure is beautiful here. It sure did take a lot of work though! Life as part of a crew on a boat is pretty difficult.

Each day is work and sleep in a never-ending cycle, and I have a feeling these next 22 days are either going to fly by, or be incredibly long. It sure is a different state of being going to sleep one day, and waking up on that same day, and then having even more work to do, but it’s a lot of fun!


December 01, 2017

Deep Waters and Shrinking Cups

Hannah-Marie Pearl Garcia, C Watch, Sewanee, University of the South

The Global Ocean

Hello from water world (term from Assistant scientist Steve, who’s constantly on lookout for land)!

There is still no land in sight today, and we have been enjoying easterly winds and sunny skies here in the Pacific the past few days. It’s finally starting to feel like summer here along the subtropical currents. C watch (my watch) had the deck today from 0700-1300. Every watch has begun Phase 2 of our learning and leadership here on the ship. This includes shadowing our watch officers, making the rotation schedules, and even calling hands to sails as we all begin to take on more responsibility during watch.


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