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SEA Currents: May 2018

May 05, 2018

Coral Gardens

Erin Adams, 2nd Assistant Scientist

Spend a Semester at Sea

This morning we left the dock in the community of Uturoa, Raiatea and motored through the lagoon between the islands of Raiatea and Tahaa to scout out an anchor spot so the ships company could go snorkeling.  The channel wove between reefs through a gradient of blue glassy water.  The smell of tropical flowers was strong in the air.

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May 04, 2018

Bennington College Student Sails Sargasso Sea

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Bennington College News

Kendra Ouellette ‘19 is currently participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, which has set sail for a five-week voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City.

May 04, 2018

Words from a Sailing Intern

Tucker Cunningham, B Watch, Sailing Intern


Take the helm, they say. Hands to braces to brace square, they say. Haul away your halyards, they say. These are a few of many commands that a sailor will never forget, especially aboard the Cramer. Hello! My name is Tucker Cunningham, a sailing intern aboard the Corwith Cramer. I have been with the Cramer since April 2nd starting from Key West and now just a few days south of Bermuda

May 03, 2018

O-fish-ially deep into the Sargasso Sea

Helena McMonagle, Lab Hand


As our second week comes to a close, I already feel like our community aboard Mama Cramer is gelling. You can get used to almost anything: flushing the head (aka toilet) with a hand pump, showering about once every three days, and eating on gimbled tables that continuously tilt to counteract the ship’s rocking.

May 03, 2018

Recent updates by our Sailors for the Sea “Onboard Reporter”

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SEA Semester student Alex Merkle-Raymond, from Northeastern University, is currently sailing aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer and sending regular dispatches to Sailors for the Sea as their Onboard Reporter.  Here’s a compilation of recent reports, filed as Alex departed Nassau, Bahamas.

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May 02, 2018

Raiatea bajo una luna amarilla

Lorena Neira-Ramírez, C Watch, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia


After having sailed more than 3000 nautical miles, we arrived at Raiatea today. Soon we are going to have to say goodbye to the Robert C. Seamans, the home from which we saw a moonrise and a night rainbow for the first time, where flying fishes, dolphins, albatrosses and bioluminescence in our nets became part of a daily basis all of a sudden, and where we got to love the sound of a sail being set.

May 02, 2018

Sargy Success!

Jenny Renee, B watch, University of Washington


I’m happy to report Sargy Success from the Sargassum group (Alena, Dani and I)! Sargy, as we have affectionately started calling Sargassum - ok, maybe it’s just me - is a seaweed that spends its entire life floating in the open ocean.  This floating Sargassum supports a diverse community of mobile and sessile fauna, small islands of diversity within a blue desert.

May 01, 2018

Changing Horizons

Kyler Mose, A Watch, University of Vermont


Waking up for morning watch today, there was no question that we have experienced a change in our horizons here on the Robert C Seamans.

I, and I am sure a majority of my fellow students, were tired from the day before as we worked furiously to finalize the research projects into which we have put so much time over the past 10 weeks.

May 01, 2018

Up, up, and Aloft

Alena Anderson, A Watch, University of California at San Diego


Although my planner doesn’t work as well here at sea, this morning still felt significant to me when I realized that today marks the first day of May, and almost two weeks onboard the Cramer. If you took away my watch and told me we’ve been sailing for months, I’d probably believe you.

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