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SEA Currents: Feb 2019

February 28, 2019

Deploying the Neuston Net

SEA Semester

With nearly 50 years of surface neuston tow data, SEA’s archives offer the unique opportunity to examine biological response to global change. SEA Semester leverages the opportunities presented by its remote, open ocean cruise tracks and repeated annual sampling to build valuable datasets in poorly studied areas of the world.

February 28, 2019


Maria Jose (MJ) Fernandez, Teaching Assistant/Deckhand


As I sit at one of our gimbaled tables in the main saloon and look around at all of my shipmates swaying along to the rocking of the ship, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude as I look back at our weekend in the DR. It never ceases to humble me to realize that I get to call so many incredible places home.

February 28, 2019

Oh Whale

Emily Brooks, Sea Watch, The University of New Hampshire


Due to unfavorable weather conditions we were not able to spend the day in Silver Bank observing whales as planned. Instead we set course for Great Inagua in hopes of getting there a day early.

February 28, 2019

Every cloud has a silver lining

Nathaniel Gordon, C-Watch, University of Washington


Today, our clouds looked like they would have a silver lining. C watch took the deck from B watch at 0700 to a beautiful sunrise and calm conditions. It was a picturesque morning. The sun rose over a cloudless horizon, bathing the boat in golden rays for almost an hour.

February 27, 2019

Windy Whale Watching (try saying that 5 times fast…)

Alle Brown-Law, C Watch, Carleton College


Hello faithful followers of the C-284 blog! I am writing this blog entry in the Cramer’s library, while we roll the characteristic side-to-side motion of a downwind sail. Today was full of whales and waves as we sailed around the edges of Silver Bank, the marine preserve known for its humpback whales.

February 27, 2019


Sarah Farris, B-Watch, UNC-Chapel Hill


Ahoy from the Robert C. Seamans! We have now been in our new watch rotations for a whole 24 hours! Six hours of watch sounds more tedious than it actually is, which has been a nice surprise (so far, I’ve only had two watches).

February 26, 2019

Thoughts from Lookout

Luke Kellett, B watch, Allegheny College


We spent a pleasant morning catching up on sleep and academic work while anchored about three-quarters of a mile off the beach, outside of Tauranga Harbor.

February 25, 2019

VolcaNO Place I’d Rather Be

Hannah Gottesman, C Watch, Cornell University


According to my watch, it’s Monday, so I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Sunday on the Robert C. Seamans was spent sailing around Whakaari, an active volcano.  That morning, having slept through breakfast after midwatch, I woke up to the sight of Whakaari framed by my bunk’s porthole.

February 25, 2019

The End of an Era

Mark Sheehan, Bonefish Watch, Oberlin College


We departed Samana early this afternoon after our longest port stop thus far. Due to a departure delay, bonefish watch didn’t have a whole lot to do for the 0700-1300 watch so we hung out on the quarterdeck and drew things like the elegant pedestrian bridge that in its beauty and openness provided, perhaps, a metaphor for the warm welcome we received in Samana.

February 24, 2019

Last Day in Samana!

Emily Scott, Best Watch, Boston University


Today was our last day in port in the Dominican Republic before we set sail to Silver Bank National Marine Mammal Sanctuary tomorrow (yay, whales!). It also happens to be my 21st birthday, which I got to ring in at midnight after my watch with my friends and the quietly peaceful Cramer under the stars.

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