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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 05, 2015
32° 22.7’ N x 64° 40.9’W
Description of location
Docked in St. George’s, Bermuda
804nm miles traveled
20°C, a few clouds in the sky, calm seas
Marine Mammals Observed last 24 hours
Sargassum Observed last 24 hrs (estimate of totals)
Hello to our friends, family and anyone else who is tracking the adventures of C-259.
It has been 3 days into our first stop in Bermuda and let me tell you, it is paradise. The country is full of amiable people, constantly greeting us with a “Good morning or good afternoon”, giving us directions around the small town of St. George. Their open arms have made us feel at home in the different corners of the town, including the beaches, the coffee shops, the restaurants and the town center. Of course in this friendly environment all you want to do is to sit back and relax or go on an adventure and be mesmerized by all the beautiful nature offered by Bermuda.
Today we started our adventures at the Bermuda Radio Station. You may all think, what is a group of sailing scientists doing at a radio station in Bermuda? Well, let me tell you about it. It is not a radio station where music is played, but in fact they transmit and receive important maritime information, ranging from weather updates, incoming and outgoing vessels, safe travel routes, possible distress calls and much more. The people at the Bermuda station work 24/7 making sure that anyone traveling on a boat in and near Bermudan waters is safe. And because we are learning about marine conservation and protection, they also keep track of their marine protected areas and ensure that these areas are not impacted by human activity. Lastly, one of the coolest thing we learned, was that the ocean is divided into different sections, where a nation or city/state (say New York City or California) has the responsibility of “Search and Rescue” in case a vessel has an Emergency situation where they need to be rescued. Although each nation has a specific area of responsibility, all nations and their maritime radio stations work together to assist and assess emergency situations out in the sea. It was interesting to learn how much needs to be done in order to make sure we can safely navigate our vast oceans.
The Bermudan ocean water is so clear that you can see everything, from big parrot fish to spiny lobster to chitons and even your toes. I have gone twice to Tobacco bay beach, which is pretty much the cutest little paradise beach you could imagine. It is enclosed by some big rocks which gives it this kind of ‘private beach’ look to it, yet you have access to swim and snorkel by the open ocean and see some adorable marine critters. Today after our tour of the Bermuda radio station, a good majority of us grabbed our swimsuits and snorkel gear and headed out to some beaches close to Hamilton (on the other side of the island). Although we had heard about many beaches nearby, we decided to take the non-tourist route and found the cutest little lagoon with a view from which we could see its fishes and the caves on the other side. As the explorers that we are, we quickly went into the water with our snorkel gear and enjoyed the refreshing water.
So far, all the adventures on shore, the Cramer and here in Bermuda have been more than I have expected. SEA is for sure one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding programs I have ever been in and all is possible to the great faculty, staff, crew members and students in the program. In the little amount that we have been in the program, we have been sponges absorbing incredible amounts of knowledge. The challenges we face, the hard work, the different work hours, the classes, the research projects and the boat life during our SEA semester are all incredible life and educational lessons, which I believe will bring us far as ocean advocates and scientists.
I look forward to feeling like a little kid with my shipmates during tomorrow’s visit at the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo and everything else we will be experiencing in the next few weeks.
P.S. Hello to my family, all is well!