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SEA Currents: Apr 2019

April 30, 2019

The Local Scene

Steve Kielar, 2nd Scientist


Woke up, poured a cup of coffee to the creak, creak. tap, tap.ruuuuuuub, of the oversized black rubber fender rubbing a nice mustache mark on our starboard side. As I went outside to the quarterdeck to check out the sunrise, I was greeted with rain coming sideways under the awning usually assigned to blocking the tropical sun.

April 30, 2019

SEA’s Dr. Kerry Whittaker Studies Possible Sargassum Impact on Bermuda

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The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
Researchers checking if seaweed is a threat
by Sarah Lagan

Researchers are checking if a rare variant of sargassum seaweed that has invaded Caribbean coastlines could make its way to Bermuda.

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April 30, 2019

Back to the Mothership

Rene Francolini, Visiting Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


There has been a photo of the Corwith Cramer in my room for the past 11 years. It has had a place in my childhood home, college dorm room, and even my current house. The form has changed overtime – at one point the 8x10 framed photograph was replaced by a 2ft x 3ft poster print, but the image has remained the same.

April 29, 2019

Celebrating Land

Adrienne Tracy, A Watch, Colby College


Today was the day many of us had been looking forward to since the first bouts of seasickness hit. We came into port and were able to go ashore. Now I don’t want to sound like I didn’t enjoy my time at sea. It was incredible and coming to land is a bitter sweet end to our voyage, but the sweetest part that we’ve all been missing is a particular creamy cold dessert.

April 29, 2019

Floating Lightning Rod and the Sea

Maria Andersen, B Watch, Sailing Intern


Floating across the great blue, time flows a little differently here in our coconut life raft. At times it passes by slowly and at other times, all at once.

April 27, 2019

Clueless at Sea

Oleta Corry, B Watch


Greetings from one of the Voyagers aboard the Robert C Seamans.

We are very close to Ra’iatea and solid land now.  Don’t know if I can walk on land. Most of the time I cannot walk very well on the ship either, at least not in a straight line.  I am lucky enough to be what is called a Voyager on this adventure, so I get to look at this experience from a different angle. But from my observations all appears to be going very well.

April 26, 2019

Pina Coladas and 12 Foot Swells

Cecily Tye, B Watch, University of California at Berkeley

April 26, 2019

Lessons Learned While Aboard Mama Cramer

Abigail Kwiat, C-Watch, University of Connecticut


Hello everyone!

I am currently sitting in the hot (but cozy) library of the Corwith Cramer, looking back at the whirlwind of events that have happened over the past couple of weeks.

April 25, 2019

New Routines: JWOs and Policy

Cecilia Howard, B Watch, Johns Hopkins University


As we have departed Bermuda, we’ve welcomed aboard several new shipmates. B Watch has been lucky enough to gain two new members, Mary Ellen and Steve. We have also been joined by our final faculty member from Woods Hole, Porter. This means we’ve resumed policy lectures, which are done with each morning watch.

April 24, 2019

SEA collaborating with WHOI to study the ocean’s twilight zone!

Porter Hoagland & Rene Francolini, SEA Faculty Member in Ocean Policy; Research Assistant, Govindarajan Laboratory


This morning we sailed from the Bermuda exclusive economic zone (EEZ) into the “area beyond national jurisdiction” (aka the “high seas”) in deepwater (about 5,000 meters) on the Cramer. Our progress is marked by twice-a-day collections of ocean water as well as surface and deep-ocean net tows.

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