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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 15, 2018

Deep Water and Dolphin Spotting

Alex Merkle-Raymond, B Watch, Northeastern University

Study Abroad at Sea

Tiny Cups!

Ship's Log

Current Position
34°44.0’ x N 064°37.0’ W

Course & Speed
330° at 5.5 knots

Sail Plan
Mains’l, mainstays’l, forestays’l, jib, jibtops’l, and fisherman

Sunny, clear and bright


Time change observed at 1600

Souls on Board

We left Bermuda only two days ago but time is flying by now that we are back in the Sargasso Sea. We start our third and final phase today: Junior Officer. JWO (Junior Watch Officer) and JLO (Junior Lab Officer) mean that one student or sailing intern are in charge of the procedures during the watch and they basically act as the current mate. My first chance is tonight during dawn watch where I'll be in charge of the lab during B watch's first meter tow. I am so excited to see what we find in the twilight zone since both other watches have found incredible specimens like leptocephali, stomatopods, and Lucifer shrimp.

Today is not only a meter tow day, but the free CTD deployment as well. This morning we deployed the free CTD to 2,500 meters in order to see the complete deep profile of temperature and salinity. Our goal is to understand different water masses in this area of the North Sargasso Sea. Most of us spent our free time last night coloring on Styrofoam cups so we could attach them to the CTD and visibly see the effect the pressure has on air bubbles from the surface. Everything is just so much cuter when tiny!

I would say the adjustment to being at sea this time is much easier than before. We know we are arriving in New York harbor in just one week and we have so much left to do. The adjustment has been made easier by having lots of things to look forward to as well as having dolphin spottings. Just in the past few watches we have seen dolphins three times alongside the Cramer.

It's almost impossible to drop everything and have all thirty people run to the bow to watch, but most definitely try.

We are now headed toward the Gulf Stream and it's starting to cool down. Where it was once too hot to wear anything but tank tops, we now can wear long sleeves during the day without complaint. The Gulf Stream means a lot for us scientifically, as well as nautically. We are expecting large currents and a change in dip net collections for Sargassum samples. I know a bunch of us are excited to go aloft and see the visible difference between the green Sargasso Sea and the warm blue of the Gulf Stream from above. So many bucket list items, so little time.

Off to identify some hydroids!

- Alex

P.S. Moms: I made cinnamon rolls on my steward day on Sunday and they went so well; I'll make them for you as a late Mothers' Day! Jordo and Laurie: A bunch of strangers complimented my pillow in Bermuda; can't wait to hug your lil faces

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#1. Posted by Porter on May 21, 2018

Excellent Alex! Chi O would be so proud…



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