SEA Currents: SEASCape
July 31, 2015
After a long week of early wake-ups, we finally had the opportunity to sleep in an hour later with a wake up call at 8:30. Waking up, after much needed sleep, refreshed our minds in preparation for a long and productive day. We started our day with an admissions councilor for the SEA Semester trips who talked to us about the opportunities they offered us as undergrads.
July 30, 2015
We woke up bright and early to a breakfast of eggs and toast. We went to the classroom and were met by Jeffrey Brodeur who spoke to us about plastics in the ocean. Then we all walked to Racing Beach with Jeff and did a beach clean up. In total we all collected 36 pounds of trash, comprised of 1036 pieces. Next, we went back to campus for free time and a lunch of grilled cheese.
July 29, 2015
We began our day with a nice bowl of cereal and had little time before our very busy day of classes began. The first class that we had focused on ocean conflicts and the importance of the navy in today’s society, as well as in the past. After this, we had the pleasure to hear a lecture by Greg Bergman about Cape Cod geology in which we learned about the erosion that is occurring and the prevention methods that are being used throughout this region.
July 28, 2015
Today started with an early morning wake up… it was terrible. However, after witnessing the majestic sight of breaching whales, our day became magical and wonderful. Our awe inspiring sea vessel, Tails of the Sea, took us from the wharf in Plymouth to the vast and mysterious marine sanctuary called Stellwagon Bank.
July 27, 2015
We started our day off with pancakes and cantaloupe. Then, we prepared to travel to the nearby salt marsh. We spent two hours taking sediment samples in the rain and trudging through the water. But, we had a lot of fun! We saw lots of small shrimp and krill, as well as hermit crabs and fish. We also saw clams and oysters. Sadly, we had to stop early because there was thunder in the distance.
July 26, 2015
Today we got to wake up late, at 9:25, instead of waking up at 6:45. Sleeping in was amazing and Marisa prepared a delicious brunch for us. At noon some of us went to Falmouth and some of us went to watch the movie Ant-Man. In town we all split up into small groups and had the opportunity to explore the rich town of Falmouth. In addition we were able to do some shopping and eat some different cuisines. There was French, Mexican, Italian food and much more.
July 25, 2015
This morning we were awoken to the sound of crows outside saying “Good morning!” Our wonderful cook, Marissa, served us some fresh bananas and toasted bagels. It was delicious! Then we trudged up the hill to the Madden Center to start classes for the day! First, we had Maritime History and we designed ships with our amazing and always informative teacher, Carl. Some students had very original ideas such as a float in movie theatre and a boat with a glass hull to observe coral.
July 24, 2015
After a filling meal of cereal, we sat through our morning lectures of marine mammals and fisheries history. Stuffing our faces with macaroni and cheese, we rushed to put on sunscreen and cram into the vans as we embarked for the Coast Guard station. After arriving at the base we anxiously anticipated the arrival of Carl, our maritime history and culture teacher. Surprisingly, the Coast Guard members were laid back and welcomed all of our questions.
July 23, 2015
Today we woke up to the smell of bacon, cooked by the wonderful chef Marissa. We were then full and focused for the lecture by Dr. Susan Humphris, on Hydrothermal Vents and spent the morning soaking up Dr. Humphris’s imense knowledge. After the invigorating lecture, we learned all about the difficulties of creating fishing regulations and what their impacts can be. Once finished with lunch, we used our cleaning abilities.
July 22, 2015
After a wonderful breakfast of chocolate pancakes, we students boarded a bus to the town of New Bedford. The first stop was at Bergie’s Seafood where we got to see how fish are processed after being unloaded from ships. The next stop was at the Seamen’s Bethel, a church where sailors lost at sea are honored with plaques and relics from their days in the wild oceans. Crossing the street, we entered the famed New Bedford Whaling Museum.