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SEA Currents: Caribbean Reef Expedition

November 25, 2018

This must be the place

Ale Tejeda, Colorado College


If you’ve read all of our posts diligently, you may have noticed that we students have become much more than classmates. We often revel in the miracle of having met, wondering what it would’ve been like if we had chosen a different SEA program, or chosen a different way to spend this semester altogether.

November 24, 2018

Conversations of a Good Kind

Bryce O’Brien, Bates College


Waz up yung dogs of erth,

Hello and happy belated Thanksgiving! There was an awesome amount of gratitude expressed throughout the weekend and I’d like to take this opportunity to send some home!

November 23, 2018

The Real Deal

Colleen Dollard, University of Connecticut


Today was the real deal.

Eight weeks of early mornings and long nights studying coral, fish, and invertebrate identifications, along with many classes dedicated to practicing survey methods, led to this day: C-283’s first coral reef survey.

November 22, 2018

Save the Mangroves

Ryanne Murray, Eckerd College


Today started out with a ride to St. George’s University where we met up with Zoya Buckmire, an SEA alumni. She’s from Grenada and started an NGO with her father called the Grenada Fund for Conservation (GFC). The organization works on conservation around Grenada, primarily with mangroves.

November 21, 2018

A Little Dirt Never Hurt!

Chloe McKinley, Beloit College


The day begins with 7:15 breakfast of hot omelets and sweet coconut water straight from the source. After we chat and prep for the day, our beloved Mandoo, the tour guide from Friday’s excursion, picks us up. Once again, we’re barreling down narrow and winding roads that are barely wide enough to allow more than one car.

November 20, 2018

The First Coral Reef

Nina Strand, Carleton College


Heisann folkens,

For several of us today was the first time we saw a coral reef in real life. With me being from Norway, I have never seen a coral reef other than on Blue Planet II or Chasing Coral, i.e. documentaries.

November 19, 2018

Love is Risky

Laura Blum, Middlebury College


After a wonderfully exhausting day in the sun yesterday, our class was happy for a rest this morning. We have managed to keep sunburns to a minimum, although everyone is sporting a new “toasty” glow. It seems a common theme in our class to fill every minute of our time here in order to make the most of each day.

November 18, 2018

Pretending to be a scientist

Davi Hertz, Rhodes College


Hello Everyone,

Today was an absolutely amazing day. It was our first time snorkeling in the open ocean as a class and not in the indoor pool at Massachusetts Maritime Academy near Woods Hole.

November 17, 2018

Stepping Into History

Maria Alfaro & Sharil Deleon, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry & University of Rhode Island


Maria: We went to Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, a vibrant and colorful port city. Freshly painted boats of reds, greens, yellows, and oranges stood out against the clear, crystal blue waters, and nestled into the steep, verdant hills were rows of bright buildings. Although St. George’s is busy with people (two gigantic cruise ships had arrived the day before), our crew of twenty felt pretty conspicuous while trying to navigate the small sidewalks and speedy cars on the way to our first stop, the fish market.

November 16, 2018


Alyssa White, Bard College


True to SEA form, Grenada has been packed from day one. The first day here was spent all over the island. We had to be at breakfast by 7:15 to leave the resort on a bus by 9:30. Our bus driver, Mandu, doubled as our tour guide. As we drove from place to place, he told us about life on the island. He talked about politics, about trying to get young people interested in combating climate change, and the influence of tourism on day-to-day life on the island, along with many other things it would decimate my word count to enumerate.

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