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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 29, 2015

Another blustery day on the Cramer

Caroline Graham, C Watch, Grinnell College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Joe sporting full rain gear

Ship's Log

Noon Position
28° 23.2’ N x 066° 45.4’ W

Description of location
Northern Sargasso Sea (we made it!)

Ship Heading

Ship Speed
Average 5 knots

Taffrail Log
586.5 nm

Intermittent squalls and cooler temperatures

Lots of wind and waves

Sargassum Observed last 24 hrs
Scattered windrows

Souls on Board

Hello to all friends, family, and anyone else that may be reading this blog! 

It has been another eventful 24 hours on the Corwith Cramer. We’ve seen some squally weather and some massive swells in the past day. This boat is definitely rockin’, but I think I’ve finally got my sea legs. I took a poll of the ship and asked people to define the last 24 hours in one word. The responses I received: squally, wavy, swells, rocky, etc. A pretty accurate description. I would also add the word fun and a little silly as the swells and sleep deprivation are starting to make things pretty interesting around here.

This morning C watch, also referred to as clutch watch, hung out with Frank, the barn swallow, and we saw quite a few other birds around the ship as well (Robbie counted 21). We also put our foulies to good use as we experienced a few drizzles of rain. Although my slightly sunburnt skin appreciates the break from the sun, the clouds are bringing some cooler weather that I’m not quite ready for.

In science-y news, the microbes team (Amalia, Helena, Lena, and I) were hard at work yesterday afternoon running another trial to see if we could get more colonies to grow from our microplastics. Hopefully, in the next 72 hours we will see some exciting results. In other news, all of the research teams are chugging away on their projects and many groups are looking to start doing DNA extractions this week. It should be quite an adventure with the upcoming forecast, which shows more bumpy weather.

We are making great time to Bermuda and it’s exciting to think that we will be arriving in less than a week! This morning our visiting scientist, Robbie Smith, gave a lecture on coral reef ecology in preparation for our snorkeling trip in Bermuda. There is plenty to do before we reach the island and many more things to experience and learn aboard the Cramer. Ship life is wonderful and I’m soaking up every moment of it. Nothing beats the view of the stars out here in the middle of the ocean. Stay tuned for more updates!

- Caroline 

I would like to make a quick shout out to my friends and family who are following this blog, especially to my mom who is finishing up grad school this week. Sending love from the middle of the ocean.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  sailing  sargasso sea • (7) Comments
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#1. Posted by Doyles on April 30, 2015

Hi Caroline!!  We miss you and are enjoying the blog.  Hope you are not too seasick! P.S. what are hydroids??

#2. Posted by Amalia on May 01, 2015

Ciao agapi mou
Tha s akouso poli sindoma ! Mille baci

#3. Posted by Amalia on May 01, 2015

It worked.!! I think you’ll get my message ...and veeeery soon we’ll talk !
SO exciting all these. elpizo ola kala kai anipomono na s akouso !!

#4. Posted by Eva Alberini on May 01, 2015

To Amalia,
luki mou!ti anakalipteis??
vges kamia fotografia na se doume sto blog!!
sagapame poliii

#5. Posted by Eva Alberini on May 01, 2015

To Amalia,

Luki mou!!ti anakalipteis??
vges se kamia photo na se doume!!
sagapame poliiii

#6. Posted by Bethany Sleckman on May 02, 2015

I love reading about your adventures, Caroline!
Hoping for calmer seas soon.
Aunt Bethany

#7. Posted by Jarrell's (Joe's family) on May 03, 2015

What a great adventure you all are having!  Love the pic for the 29th!  smile



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