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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 24, 2014

C252 Web Blog - 24 April 2014

Kiah Walker, Williams College


The Corwith Cramer sails through the Sargasso Sea in fairer weather on 22 April 2014. Photo taken by the UARV.

Ship's Log

30° 09’’ N X 064° 45’’ W
clear skies, 22°C, northwesterly winds at Beaufort Force 7, seas building to 11 feet

As there have been large swells all day today, we are currently “hove to,” meaning that the sails are set such that we are not using them to make forward progress. Rather, they are helping to keep us steady while we ride out the rolling seas and strong winds, which fortunately happen to be helping us drift toward Bermuda. We are due to arrive in port in just a few days!

Despite the rough seas, the skies have been sunny and clear, and the wind brought several Wilson’s storm petrels. Today was also a highly productive day on the research front. Both Team Leptocephali and Team Phyllosoma have nearly finished extracting DNA from all of their larval eel and spiny lobster samples respectively. Team Microbe began their extractions today, and Team Sargassum processed and identified large amounts of both associated macrofauna (primarily shrimp) and hydroids (tiny colonial organisms that use Sargassum as a substrate). The boat’s movement makes lab work a major challenge, but it has also allowed us to hone our skills in the sport of Extreme Pipetting.

Shout outs to my family and friends at home, at Williams, and abroad. Miss you guys!

- Kiah

P.S. From Mika: Shout out to my family and friends in Singapore and Vermont! Today a tanker passed by us and from the system it was labeled as a ship heading to Singapore. I wonder how long it takes to sail home from here? Probably far too long. Miss you all!

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