SEA Currents: May 2018
May 31, 2018
Hello from the Robert C Seamans class 280. My name is Nat; I am an incoming sophomore at University of San Diego, originally from Oahu.
Today was day two of our four day voyage between Rangiroa and Caroline Island. My day started with a breakfast of sausage, plantain pancakes, rice, and fried eggs. Then I stood watch with my watch team at 0700. For this watch, I was stationed in the lab, where we had four deployments and two surface samples.
May 31, 2018
SEA Semester alumna Allison Taylor (S-186), is a veteran crewmember of tall ships, and has served on the SSV Corwith Cramer and, most recently, as Chief Mate on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. She’s now captain of South Street Seaport’s tall ship Lettie G. Howard, a fishing schooner sailing out of Erie, Pennsylvania. She was recently profiled in this feature article in GoErie. Congratulations on your new position, Allison!
May 30, 2018
Most oceanographers’ biggest dream is to have something named after them. That dream came true for me and just in time for my 22nd birthday. On this beautiful voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii, I am looking at concentrations of microplastics near corals reefs and comparing them to concentrations found in the open ocean.
May 29, 2018
Today we stayed within the beautiful Rangiroa islands the whole day and conducted our first real Reef Survey! We were divided into three separate snorkeling groups based on our Watch, and each Watch group is divided into Coral Team, Fish Team and Invertebrate Team.
May 28, 2018
Today we arrived at Rangiroa. The journey here was not so simple, however!
We diligently navigated our path to Rangiroa, spotting it from afar during our 11-3 Midwatch shift.
May 27, 2018
Today I was assistant steward (chef’s assistant). I say chef and not cook, because every meal is better than excellent. We eat 3 full meals that always include fresh greens & vegetables, and fruits. In addition to those meals, we have 3 snacks.
May 26, 2018
Today we begin to make way toward our next destination, Rangiroa. However, before we are ready to do so there is still some training to be done.
May 25, 2018
The day started on the Robert C. Seamans before the sun had the chance to wake. She’s alive 24/7 with people manning her to make sure she stays alive, along with the crew members that live in her. Today, I began my first night watch (super exciting!) with my watch member, Riley at 0200.
May 25, 2018
SEA Semester in the News
Two Ships Pass
Popping Rocks (WHOI Blog)
By Adam Soule
Traveling to beautiful ports-of-call is one of the benefits of conducting scientific research in the deep sea. The port of call for the Popping Rocks 2 cruise was St. George’s, Bermuda, an idyllic tropical oceanside town, but there was a sight waiting for us that made it feel more like home. In addition to the brightly-colored homes and businesses, we found the familiar shape of the Corwith Cramer, a two-masted schooner that about 20 college undergraduates call home for a semester-long experience learning about sailing and oceanography, tied to the same wharf as R/V Atlantis.
May 24, 2018
Today we set sail from Papeete, Tahiti; a momentous occasion. The moment we have all been waiting for, planning for, dreaming of these past many months
full of anticipation and preparation. We were escorted offshore by several species of seabirds, marking our first oceanographic observations of the cruise; and we all watched admired the shifting ocean colors; from hues of green in the harbor to the deep blues of the tropical Pacific.