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SEA Currents: Jul 2019


July 09, 2019

Getting Used to Life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans

Elliot Hayne, B Watch, Denison University

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It’s a hard thing to describe accurately, but it is strange and difficult to acclimate to living situations that never stop moving. I’ve always been sensitive to listen to any crashing or colliding sounds, which often mean something’s broken, especially in the kitchen.


July 09, 2019

Pancake breakfast before Woods Hole

Emily Power & Deni Loh, Saint Ursula Academy & Brookline High School

SEA Semester

Today, after a delicious pancake breakfast, we had a two-and-a-half-hour class of oceans and society to kick off our amazing day.

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July 08, 2019

A Good Day

Patricia Dougherty, C Watch, New York University

When a member from C watch gently woke me at 0515, I knew it was going to be a good day.


July 08, 2019

The Voyage Begins!

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The students of S-287, Protecting the Phoenix Islands, all arrived safely aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans in American Samoa, and spent a very busy several days conducting safety drills and getting to know the ship before departing Pago Pago. The ship is now underway, and we look forward to receiving student blog posts, which we will share as soon as they are received.

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July 08, 2019

Huge Field Trip Day

Lana Lines & Jack Ryan, Brookline High School & Minuteman High School

SEA Semester

Our day began with cheesy beany breakfast courtesy of Jasper. We packed our lunches and hit the road. Our first stop was the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum, which took one hour to reach by bus, and had a good parking lot for playing games while we waited to go in.

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July 08, 2019

SEA Semester’s Dr. Deb Goodwin Comments on Sargassum Inundation

SEA Semester in the NEWS
“Why Waves of Seaweed Have Been Smothering Caribbean Beaches”
By Ed Yong
The Atlantic

Since 2011, blooms of Sargassum have wreaked havoc on tropical shores. A new study explains why this is likely a new normal.

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July 07, 2019

Our first official class

Carol (Xinrong) Guo, C watch, Colby College

Today is the first day that we have a peaceful sea! Woken up by our B-watch friends, we came on deck around 0050. It was cool out on the deck. Mild sea breeze gently blew our last bit of sleepiness away. The wave has largely decreased, too. We can almost stand by ourselves without holding onto anything else.


July 07, 2019

First Free Day!

Emerson Jenen & Sydne Twarosch, Bronx High School of Science & Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School

SEA Semester

Today was Sunday! That meant that we had no classes and could sleep in. Now we did what any sensible person would do. Many of the attendees of SEASCAPE got our nails painted by each other. The colors that we painted nails with were blue, green, white, sparkly pink, and a light pink. Later, many of us wanted to see a new movie called Spiderman: Far From Home.

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July 06, 2019

We Set to Sea

Delaney Swann, C Watch, Boston University

The majority of SEA class S-287 was arrived in Pago Pago two days ago, late at night. We took a bus from the airport to the ship, and because the speed limit in Pago Pago is 25 mph, (and because the bus driver was really jamming the entire way to the Seamans) we were able to catch a few snippets of what life in the American Samoa must be like.


July 06, 2019

Beach Day but with Science!!!

Karina Iman & Maya Langer, Horace Mann High School & Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy

SEA Semester

We started the day with some carrot cake bread and oatmeal, an auspicious start!  Picking up trash was decidedly less appetizing, but more informative. Fortunately, the beach we gathered trash from was pretty clean so it wasn’t too much work.

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