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SEA Currents: Mar 2019

March 04, 2019

Motor Boat, Motor Boat go so Fast (5 knots exactly)

Skylah Reis, A Watch, Harvard College


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Hello all of you beautiful C-284 blog readers. I am here to report that we woke up on this fine Monday anchored in Great Inagua, Bahamas but it wasn’t long until A watch (best watch) took the deck at 0650 and began preparing for departure.

March 03, 2019

Can you hear me now?

Sarah Weiss, Visiting Scientist/Resident Whale Expert, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center


In the field of acoustics, a soundscape can be defined as the combination of all of the sounds that occur in, and make up, an environment. When we think of the ocean, we can categorize these sounds into three main groups: biological (such as whales or fish), abiotic (natural sounds such as wind or rain), and anthropogenic, or human-caused (such as vessel noise).

March 02, 2019

More Salt Than You’ve Ever Seen

Mica Hastings, Bee Watch, Bard College


The things we saw today were unreal. We are currently anchored off of Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas and today we saw some of the primary features of the island: flamingos and salt.

March 01, 2019

Half-Way There

Brooke Baldassare, B-Watch, University of San Diego


Today, B-watch took the deck at 1300 after most of us slept in until lunchtime due to our long evening watch the previous night. Morale was a bit low, as the rough seas we have been facing have taken a toll on both our bodies and our original plan for out course track. Our morning was spent preparing for the notorious pin rail race that would be happening during class time at 1430.

March 01, 2019

Did Somebody Say Swim Call?????????

Julia Grady, A Watch, Colby College


I’m writing from Great Inagua, Bahamas, where the ocean is as blue as a YMCA swimming pool and clear enough to see 33.2 feet below. The new watch schedule has been a tough adjustment; for me, the most challenging part of being underway is the cyclical nature of the days. Thankfully today was about as blissful and unpredictable as I could’ve imagined.

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