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SEA Currents: Apr 2018


April 25, 2018

Aloft and Amazed

Brittany Hernandez, A Watch, Bowdoin College

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As we sail north, the days keep getting sunnier and warmer. My classmates and I have been taking advantage of the recent nice weather to climb aloft on the foremast. The last time many of us climbed aloft was four weeks ago before we left port in Lyttleton, New Zealand. Today I decided to climb aloft with Haley to enjoy the views, watch for marine animals, and take a break from our projects.


April 24, 2018

Mahi Tuesday

Scott Waller, C Watch, Middlebury College

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After much heaving, hauling, sweating, and grunting, A Watch set the tops’l on the foremast not too long ago, which means today is our first day sailing with a square sail. The Cramer is making good speed with the sporty wind, especially with the tops’l set, although we are still waiting for a shift in the wind so we can sail East deeper into the Sargasso Sea.


April 24, 2018

Phase 3 Begins

Ashley Davis, C Watch, University of South Carolina

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***Drum roll***

Today, we officially began the Junior Watch Officer (JWO) and Junior Lab Officer (JLO) phase of our voyage!


April 23, 2018

Ramblings of a Student: JWO, Swim Call, and Research

Will Lounsbery-Scaife, B Watch, New York University

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Hello, blog readers. Tonight is the night of what feels like our biggest deadline to date for our research projects. By 2300 tonight, we are to submit a complete set of all the figures, tables, and maps that we intend to use in the results section of our papers. While the datasets for our projects are not yet complete, the figures that we submit for this assignment will give us a pretty solid idea of what our final results section will look like.


April 23, 2018

Sleepy But Satisfied

Karina Wells, A Watch, University of California -Santa Cruz

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I just got off dawn watch, so bear with me.  Dawn watch is from 0100-0700. I was a helper in lab this morning, classifying the different species of Sargassum and identifying 100 animals in the sample of water that we collected at midnight.  And guess what? We found a Frogfish (a fish found only associated with floating Sargassum, and nowhere else)!! And an endemic Sargassum crab!  Wow.  So cool.


April 22, 2018

Galley on Deck: The Days Standing Watch

Natalie Marshall, Assistant Steward

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Many members of the RCS S278 staff first came to the ship as students and eventually found their way back as professional crew. And several of them have sailed with SEA numerous times a year for multiple years. I, on the other hand, am a brand-new crew member. Before I arrived in Lyttelton a month ago, I had never seen the SEA Semester program in action.


April 21, 2018

Crew Profile: Lauren, our Steward

Tristan Feldman, Second Mate, SEA Semester Alum

Oceans & Climate

You have probably already read about Lauren and the delicious food that she makes for us every day, but here is a chance to get to know her better. She is most likely to be found in the galley, belting out a musical number. Each day a different student joins her and her assistant steward Natalie as they work to prepare all of the food for the day.

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April 21, 2018

Our first full day!

Kendra Ouellette, C Watch, Bennington College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Happy world fish migration day!

Our first full day at sea has been a long one; I can hardly remember what I did this morning. C watch kicked off the day with the 0700-1300 watch.

During this time we got ready for our first scientific deployment; we set sails for heaving to, which essentially parks the Cramer so that we can safely put our gear over the side. Then, the lab team worked on data collection.


April 20, 2018

The Value of SEA Semester for “Winter-admits”

SEA Semester

Celine Yam started at Hamilton in January.  So how did she spend her fall?  SEA Semester!  Ocean Exploration, a SEA Semester program offered this coming fall (and 2019 too), is an ideal choice for students who are either taking a gap year or who are scheduled to start college in the winter. Read more about Celine’s experience…

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April 20, 2018

Swirly Swirly Cinnamon Buns: An Ode to Lauren

Olivia Cronin-Golomb, B Watch

Oceans & Climate

One of the best things on this boat is, hands down, the incredible cuisine. We are so lucky to have such an amazing cook, Lauren. She is able to whip up both healthy and nutritious meals as well as sweet and delicious snacks. She is somehow able to keep everyone’s dietary restrictions in mind, which is no small feat on this boat. Even with this constant cooking over hot stoves, she does it all with a soft smile, full-throated song, and the occasional fiddling.


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