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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 12, 2015

Finding our sea legs again

Callie Schultz, B Watch, Mount Holyoke College

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Kata and Callie on the head rig

Ship's Log

Noon Position
33° 41’N x 66° 45’W

Description of location
227 NW of Bermuda

Ship Heading
310 degrees per steering compass

Ship Speed
~4 kts

Taffrail Log

Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
~14 Dolphins!

Sargassum Observed last 24hrs
Not much, 1 S. natans clump and some fragments

Souls on Board

I am so happy to be back at sea and moving again. While Bermuda was amazing, standing on the bow of a ship when it is not moving is just not quite the same. Since being back on the ship we have started up policy classes again with Tiffany and changed the watch officers and assistant scientists assigned to watches. B watch being the designated “weird” watch was so excited to be reunited once again on the ship that we immediately freaked out our new watch officer with our shenanigans. I’m pretty sure Allison thinks we are completely insane.

We have had some pretty cool marine fauna sightings in the last couple of days. While it technically happened yesterday I think it happened in the last 24 hours and it wasn’t mentioned in the previous blog post so I’m going to mention it here. A pod of dolphins swam alongside the bow of our ship for a good period of time. They were so close, maybe 5 feet off the bow at times, that we could see them spinning in the water. I’m pretty sure Helena died of happiness. In addition to the dolphins, we have seen a lot of Portuguese Man ‘O’ War and a Mahi Mahi. The Mahi Mahi was beautiful as it swam near our boat on and off for a few hours chasing after flying fish. The Mahi Mahi incident really demonstrated the difference between the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians on board. While I was marveling at how beautiful the fish was, the meat eaters, Tiffany, Sabrina and Ashley, next to me were declaring how delicious it looked while throwing a fishing line and hook into the water trying to catch it. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.

Today during afternoon class we had a couple rounds of chase the buoy. This is where the captain chucks a buoy wrapped in a yellow rain jacket with two buckets attached as anchors, into the water and the students have to maneuver the ship and try to retrieve it. Much to our dismay we were immediately split into our watches, meaning we had 6-7 people to complete our task, and took turns trying to retrieve it. B watch went first where we designated Fredrik as our “captain”. After a beautiful gybe B watch could not quite get the ship into position and ended up with the buoy on our starboard instead the port side, where we were meant to retrieve it. A and C watches also made solid attempts with Kata captaining A watch and Sabrina captaining C watch. In the end no one, not even the professional crew although they got the closest, could get the ship into position to get the buoy back on board with just the sails and we ended up motoring in order to maneuver the ship into position.

My day ended with climbing aloft with Hannah. Now that we can finally go aloft it is my new favorite place on the ship. It is incredibly fun to watch my shipmates handle lines while I watch from my perch on the foremast. Also the view is incredible, deep blue ocean stretching for miles in every direction. I am not looking forward to leaving this home on the Cramer.

From the Sargasso Sea/Bermuda’s EEZ,

P.S. Love to my family at home. Mama I hope you are not too stressed at work, the school year is almost over! Michael I’m still alive don’t worry. Maggie I love you and I will talk to you when we get to New York. Also, Maggie can you tell my MHC friends to look at this blog? Shout out to my Mount Holyoke friends, you know who you are. If someone could get a message to Densie telling her I say hi that would be great.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  megafauna • (0) Comments
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