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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

February 23, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 23 February 2014

Janet Bering, 3rd Assistant Scientist


Sunrise at Saba

Ship's Log

Current Location
17°46.4’N X 63°16.5’W
Current Location
northeast of Saba island
Course Steered
4.0 knots
A bit cloudy, and feeling much cooler than 26° C

Good morning everyone! A watch was just stood down from a quiet dawn watch, followed by a quick breakfast and dawn clean-up. Dawn watch is from 0300 to 0700. It is generally a fairly calm watch, because most of the rest of the ship is asleep and there are no science deployments. The watch on duty is therefore able to focus on running the ship and completing processing in the lab. In the lab this morning, we completed a 100 count of zooplankton from the midnight Neuston tow. Every day around noon and midnight we deploy a net that samples zooplankton at the air-water interface – the Neuston layer. To understand the diversity of zooplankton in this zone, we count a relatively random sample of organisms, until we reach 100. Generally in the 100 count, we see a good number of copepods and gelatinous organisms like siphonophores. Depending on the tow, we might see large numbers of pteropods or fish larvae. This morning, we counted a few really beautiful zoea (crab larvae), mixed in with some hyperiid amphipods and chaetognath worms. It’s always pretty amazing to see the diversity of life that can be contained in what looks like an almost empty ocean.

At 0645 we gybed the ship to a new course, as we continue to try to sail east to Antigua. The students have begun to really get a good handle on how we have to work together as a team of people to maneuver the ship. Teamwork and communication are essential for running a ship as big as this one, and the students on A watch have definitely got that down.  Every day after dawn clean up the off-going watch completes dawn clean up after they eat breakfast (which was waffles this morning – yum!). We clean the entire accommodations deck of the ship – mopping the soles and scrubbing the heads. I love dawn clean up, because it’s our chance to give back to the ship and to support all of our shipmates. It also fosters a sense of interdependency among the entire ships company, which is an important aspect of our community.

The photo today is the view of Saba we had right after watch turnover. It is one of many islands we will be sailing past on our way to Antigua! We’re arriving there on Tuesday. Sailing in the Lesser Antilles is absolutely gorgeous and we are having a fabulous time. (Don’’t worry, Mom, I will try to email you from Antigua.)

- Janet

Sunday Shout Outs:
Gabrielle sends love to her entire family, especially Grandma.

Trevor says hey to Mom and Dad, I know you guys were thinking about me on my birthday yesterday. Thanks for having me! Also hi Kenziebear and other family as well.

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