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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

December 14, 2017

Deep Blue

Keiley James, B Watch, University of Georgia

Caribbean Reef Expedition

Getting a closer look

Ship's Log

Position
17°07.409’ N x 061°52.882’

Location
Anchored in Antigua

Log
803.2 nm

Weather
Clear day with a light breeze

Souls on Board

Hello from Antigua!

We arrived here early this morning, around 0800, after one day's sail from Montserrat. As we steered into this bay, four ridiculously huge cruise ships pulled in as well, making our 134ft tall-ship look like a toy boat. While we waited for Captian Chris to clear us into customs, we watched these gargantuan boats pass us by, each carrying thousands of people. As the largest one went by, we noticed it had a jumbo-tron screen on the deck, twelve floors up. It was playing videos of reef fish for its passengers to enjoy. We shared a laugh. "You don't even have to get off the boat to see the reefs!"

Well, here aboard the Cramer, we do not share the luxury of making our reef observations from watching a big screen, and we wouldn't have it any other way. When we get in the water for our science missions, we realize that we will have to work hard. The goal is to gather as much data from each snorkel site as possible. Oftentimes,  our entire time in the water  laying and photographing transects, taking visual data, and helping our shipmates out with anything else they may need for their projects. Though they can be tiring, I love being in the water, and appreciate so much the opportunity to marvel at the reefs with my own eyes, fully immersed in and surrounded by the biodiverse and lovely marine ecosystems which we all came here for.

Swim calls are a different story. When we hear the words "Pool's open!" every face on the ship lights up. We all rush below to throw on our bathing suits, run back up top, and throw ourselves off of the bow sprit to swim in the water near the ship. We have a blast.

Yesterday was a rare, incredibly calm day on the Atlantic, so we had the opportunity to swim in 2,300 feet of water while we were hove-to after class. I was really excited to get in; it was the deepest water I have been able to swim in. Some of us jumped in with our goggles to see what we could see. Sure enough, underneath my kicking feet, was a whole lot of nothing. Nothing but the deepest blue I have ever had the privilege to see. I dove down, but barely scratched the surface of the water column. When I came back up for air, I turned to my friend Nic, who had a wide smile plastered across his face. "It's nothing, but it's so
much," he commented.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

We are a 134 foot tall ship, and compared to these cruise ships in size, we can hardly shake a stick. Even smaller yet are we compared to the vastness of the ocean. But we are so much. We are collecting data which we hope to use to help the world, and that my friends, is significant. 

Sending love and warm thoughts to my family back home. Study hard, Lauren!

Catch you on the flip side.
Keiley

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Caribbean Reef Expedition, • Topics: c276  port stops  caribbean. • (1) Comments

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#1. Posted by Ruth Blyther on December 15, 2017

Just read the post by Keiley and something about it brought tears to my eyes. I spent a lot of time working in the Eastern Caribbean and my good friend Clare Morrall will be on board soon. I have had the opportunity to come on board the Corwith Cramer at Christmas time a few years ago when she was in St. Croix, so I know you will all have a very unique and wonderful holiday season on board. Thank you all for the inspiring work and words, yes you are so much
Ruth


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