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April 21, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 21 April 2014

Torey Bowser, University of Maine

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Time is beginning to tick down to our Bermuda deadline. Team Phyllo (my team) has begun extracting DNA from the phyllosoma collected in the net tows. Unfortunately our crispy critters are taking longer to break down than expected. Hopefully we will be done in time for Team Lepto to start working on extracting from their eels.


April 21, 2014

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Emma Van Scoy, C Watch, Warren Wilson College

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A few days after departing Nuku Hiva, we have started to settle back into the daily routine of life at sea. Or so it might appear. However, a closer look will reveal many signs that we’ve made our way into the final stretch of our time here on the ship.

The voices calling out “Hands to set the JT” and the faces carefully studying the radar now belong to the students of S252!

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April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Jerelle Jesse, C Watch, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

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Happy Easter to family and friends on land!

The last couple days have been super busy for all of us aboard the Robert C. Seamans. The pollywog crew members and students faced Neptune’s judgment yesterday and became official shellbacks after crossing the Equator. Some of us even made donations to Neptune in the form of haircutting. Many braids were thrown from the ship and quickly taken away by the sea. The mohawks and shaved heads look great, guys!

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April 20, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 20 April 2014

Connor Dixon, Whitman College

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A Guide to Avoiding Sunburn and Surviving the Ocean
In the subtropical wilderness, the pale Seattlite may soon become a grotesque shade of burgundy if certain steps are not taken. Although at first unbelievable, a person may find shade scarce among the ocean. Despite its vastness, I have yet to find a tree or other source of shelter in the high seas beyond the boat that brought us here. As such, I have set about creating a survival guide for the Northwesterner in this most inhospitable environment.


April 19, 2014

Argo floats

Hannah Wagner, B Watch, Hamilton College

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Among the birthday excitement (thanks a million to everyone aboard for the celebration!) and the Equator crossing, the students and staff of the Seamans also recently took part in the deployment of two Argo floats. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) coordinates this international program that is responsible for the deployment of over 7,000 floats to date. These specially built floats have two way satellite communication, an expandable bladder, and a hydraulic piston that adjusts the bladder to allow the float to move up and down in the water column.

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April 19, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 19 April 2014

Dr. Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo

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The dawn found us sailing steadily north, after a bumpy night again. But the skies brightened quickly and another busy day began. I had to look forward to the “pleasure” of trying to teach another class at 8 AM on the quarterdeck with rolling seas and 25 knots of steady breeze. I was leading another discussion on Bermuda’s geology and the significant sea level studies that have been done there. Pretty hard to concentrate on your discussion while being heaved around and also trying to hold up flapping papers with images relevant to the lecture topic. I hope the students got my drift!


April 18, 2014

Sailing for Science

Jay Amster, Chief Mate

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Darkness. Groggy bodies, shaking off the remnants of a short post-dinner nap, begin making their way on deck for the mid-watch. The moon, which has lighted our way these last few nights, is obscured by the squall to windward. As the rain begins to fall, we continue to do the ship’s work, sailing for science.

Gybing around after completing our meter net tow, we continue to make our way northbound.

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April 18, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 18 April 2014

Luke Gervase, B-watch, SUNY E.S.F.

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Things have been going swimmingly thus far aboard Mama Cramer with my amazing shipmates. After 3 days I already feel the ship is our home… wait, has it been five? It is so easy to lose track of days and time on our watch schedule. I think we are all finally getting into a sleeping schedule and getting adjusted to life on the high seas. The seas have gotten stronger and are making the boat rock quite violently at times. Last night in particular, I was woken up a few times as I was being thrashed into the side of my bunk. The sea sickness has dropped drastically despite the rising swells; we all just needed that adjustment time, myself included.


April 17, 2014

Keeping Up

Julian Honma, Boisterous Watch, Boston College

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Hello People!

An interesting day for B Watch as we celebrated Hannah’s birthday from dawn to twilight! It seems like the days are all melding into one as I don’t even remember what happened this morning. Things are going smoothly in any case. We have been “shadowing” our Watch and Lab Officers for two weeks, and we’re all starting to get more comfortable with the new responsibilities that are bestowed upon us.

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April 17, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 17 April 2014

Brandon O’Brien, C-Watch, Cornell University

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Another clear day of sailing aboard the Corwith Cramer! Winds have picked up slightly and the ship has been rocking a bit more today. Stumbling continues, though everyone seems to be swiftly adjusting. Seasickness is on the decline, and science is steadily progressing.


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