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SEA Currents: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean


February 27, 2019

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

Alle Brown-Law, C Watch, Carleton College

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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 25, 2019

The End of an Era

Mark Sheehan, Bonefish Watch, Oberlin College

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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

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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.


February 23, 2019

Just dance!

Mariana Dominguez Moran, Brave Watch, Universidad de los Andes

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Today began with Lucas and me finishing B watch’s activities from 05:00 to 07:00 a.m. We then completed our daily chores to keep Mama Cramer tidy. Laurie and Victoria headed back to the US, taking a huge chunk of our family with them.


February 23, 2019

Los Haitises National Park – Dominican Republic Field Trip

Jeff Schell, Chief Scientist

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Welcome to one of the most unique ecosystems on planet Earth -  Los Haitises National Park; a region of Samana Bay, Dominican Republic where geologic processes, biological diversity, and human history coalesce into a truly unique environment.


February 22, 2019

Illustration – Documenting the Voyage

Victoria Smith, SEA Alumni Relations Coordinator and Illustration Instructor

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What seems like 100 years ago when I was in college, I took a scientific illustration course that blew my world wide open.  As a science major, I was pleasantly surprised how the act of drawing enhanced my observation skills and forced me to slow down, make notes, jot down comments, ideas, and truly focus on what I was doing.


February 21, 2019

Midnight Dolphins and Sargassum

Delphine Griffith, C Watch, Sarah Lawrence College

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C watch has the pleasure of being awake from 2200 to 0300 for watch. Though this may seem like a rough time to be sailing a tall ship through 12 foot waves, the sheer beauty of the full moon reflected on the water, the wind rushing past you, and most importantly the midnight dolphins and Sargassum, makes it all worthwhile.


February 18, 2019

Science never stops!

Courcelle Stark, 3rd scientist

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It’s hard to believe that we set sail just yesterday from our anchorage at Francis Bay, St. John. So much science has happened since! When we were leaving St. John, we took three surface samples to get an idea of how nutrients and chlorophyll change from inshore to offshore, stay tuned for those exciting discoveries.


February 16, 2019

Snorkeling, singing, and smiling

Lucas Stevens, Berklee College of Music

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Aside from those of us who had anchor watch this morning, our day began at 0630. After breakfast, chores, and some packing, we launched our two inflatable boats and shuttled everyone to the nearby beach. From there, we walked across the island to Waterlemon Bay where we spotted a reef shark in the shallow water and surveyed a lively reef.


February 15, 2019

Waves and Hills

Emma Saas, C Watch, Whitman College

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We left St. Croix yesterday and bounced over some waves to St. John, arriving at about 10:00 this morning! Today C watch was on from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, during which we gybed 4 times, struck and furled all the sails, took water samples (for SCIENCE!), and anchored in St. John.


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