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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 18, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 18 April 2014

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


Current view from the library

Ship's Log

22° 05.3’’ N X 066° 18.1’’ W
Very sunny, clear skies. Wind Beaufort force of 5 from the East. Swells up to 10 feet, very sporty conditions. Balmy 28° C

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.

Today we had another busy day sampling, woohoo! Things are looking great for team leptocephali as we have already caught over 300 larval eel samples. Team phyllosoma has already caught quite a few larval spiny lobster samples as well. Our larger 2 meter net has been out of commission the past few days and has probably led to a drop in the amount of samples we have caught. However there is good news, the net is fixed and ready to go for our midnight tow tonight! Sights of sargassum are beginning to increase and we should only see more as we continue our journey to the magical Sargasso Sea. Team microbe is still looking for some pieces of plastic in the ocean to get data on their project. Although a bummer for their project, it is great news that we haven’’t found much plastic thus far in the water! Things have been getting hectic in the lab as we are all rushing to get genetic work completed while still battling the rough seas.

So far the trip has been unbelievable. As of 1600 on Friday 18 April 2014 we are about 220 nautical miles away from San Juan, Puerto Rico. All we can see is the big ol’ blue when we look off the deck, and I have never seen a sight more beautiful. It almost feels as if we are on a different planet. I don’’t know how we’re all going to walk on land again once we arrive in Bermuda. I’’m assuming we will all tumble over the first few steps as we will be so used to a constantly shifting ground. Not too much macro fauna to report on, but today it seemed as though every time I looked overboard there was a flying fish jumping out of the water… I guess that’s kind of awesome.

I have to give some respect to the galley, as they have been making great food and working around the clock to keep us all happy and well fed.

Keep on keeping on,

Shout outs: Hey Mom and Dad can’t wait to tell you guys all about the trip! And of course Dakota, I miss ya pooch. Lastly, big congratulations to my fellow seniors at SUNY E.S.F. graduating in just a few weeks!

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c252  marine biodiversity • (0) Comments


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