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SEA Currents: Jul 2018


July 28, 2018

The Leading Light of Nobska Point

Ben Moya & Nick Colinderes, Teaneck High School & Greater Grace Christian Academy

SEA Semester

Nobska point lighthouse has provided sailors and captains the guiding light that they need for navigation for almost two-hundred years. Here is a little history on the lighthouse and the keepers houses.

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July 28, 2018

The Giant Clams of Orona

Rosie Wigglesworth, A Watch, Harvard University

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Hello all!  We are a few hours from hauling back the anchor and getting underway once again.  Orona has been incredible.  From jumping off the bowsprit and getting to climb aloft, to exploring the atoll and snorkeling in the lagoon, the adventures we have all experienced here have been some of the best of our trip.


July 27, 2018

Aboard the Zephyr research vessel

Grace Green & Alexa Collins, Oregon Episcopal School & King School, Canterbury

SEA Semester

Today we went out on the Zephyr research vessel and viewed patches of eelgrass with a camera towed by the boat. After viewing the eelgrass, we towed a net through the grass and successfully caught a horseshoe crab, many sea urchins, two starfish, several crabs, as well as oysters.

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July 27, 2018

The birds of the Phoenix Islands

Jessie Panton, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Hello people! My name is Jessie and I am here to talk to you about some insane PIPA experiences and BIRDS (my research project, yaaaay!).


July 26, 2018

Arriving in Orono

Makaila Lyons, C Watch, McDaniel College Alum

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Ahoy everyone! Makaila Lyons here to blog your ear off again, and what perfect timing because we anchored at our second port stop today, Orona!


July 26, 2018

Currents and Gyres

Emma Baker & Xava Abraham, Canyon High School & Weston High School

SEA Semester

Today at SEA education we had four classes: physical oceanography, oceans & society, and navigation workshop. In physical oceanography we had a speaker named Ben Harden who came in and talked to us about his fields of research such as fluid dynamics- the properties of fluids when in motion.

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July 25, 2018

Back at sea

Andy Suski, University of San Diego

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Excitement from our recentt port stop still remains aboard the Seamans. We have completed our first day back at sea, and are on our way to the small atoll island Orona (4o 30’38.88” S x 171o 10’37.92” W for those that wish to find it using Google Earth.


July 25, 2018

Marsh Madness

Patrick Boyer & Maxwell Schneider-White, Flagler Palm Coast High School & Germantown Friends School

SEA Semester

We woke up to an early morning of pancakes and syrup, courtesy of Jaime, and groggily stumbled about our morning chores. This completed, we went up to the Madden center for our first class, oceans and society, with Kate, in which we went over the history of the Wampanoag people, the native group indigenous to Massachusetts.

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July 24, 2018

The People of Kanton

Charlie Schneider, A watch, Colorado College

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The people of Kanton are unlike any I’ve met. I know Nate talked about the reception they held for us, but there cannot be enough said about that evening. Their musical performances were as humbling as they were spectacular. While the women and children sang the words of a language we do not know, the men harmonized perfectly as they beat a large, shared drum to the slow rhythm of their chanting.


July 24, 2018

To the Beach!

Jaden Damassiotis & Kaleigh Spencer, East Providence High School & Northwestern Regional High School

SEA Semester

We got up at 7:30 and ate breakfast, did our morning chores, and headed to class. We found out more about what we would be learning here as well as read some poetry that gave several interpretations of the what the ocean is. In the afternoon we had lunch and went a beach to conduct our first studies for our group projects.

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