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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

January 02, 2020

Gearing Up for Snorkeling!

Alexa, Zach & Irene, A Watch, Penn State University


Heading ashore for snorkel training.

Ship's Log

Current Position
18°18.9’ N X 064°37.6’ W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored in the British Virgin Islands at Norman Island

Cloudy, variable winds and calm waters

Hello, from the British Virgin Islands! A Watch is officially taking over the blog for our first day in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Rick and Audrey graciously went to shore to clear our Caribbean travels with customs. Everything went along swimmingly and we were even lucky enough to get all of our passports stamped! Afterwards, we made our way through the BVI to ultimately anchor in Norman Bay where we will stay for the remainder of the day and tomorrow morning. For those who have read Treasure Island, Norman Island is actually where the tale sets place!

Upon arrival, we geared up to do some initial snorkeling in order to prepare us for our underwater adventures tomorrow morning. With our flippers, goggles and mouth pieces in hand, we made our way via small boat to the beach. We quickly learned that our new found sea legs were not in our favor once we returned to land. Once we regained our comfort on land, we enthusiastically headed into the water. The ocean floor was home to a number of Caribbean creatures, such as sea urchins and a variety of coral. An octopus was even spotted during one of our crew members’ expedition into the water! Some students were also able to collect inexpensive souvenirs, including shiny shells.

Afterwards, we reluctantly left the beach to return to the SSV Corwith Cramer. However, back aboard, we luckily were exposed to the interesting world of reef surveying. Ella, one of our assistant scientists, talked about her recent experience studying the reefs on her latest 5-week SEA expedition in the Caribbean.

Going into the night, we will take turns doing anchor checks and preparing for a morning full of snorkeling. We plan to begin our snorkel quest at 0830 and end at 1200 before continuing our voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hope to share the latest ship updates and findings from our snorkel trip with you soon!

Signing off,
Alexa, Zach & Irene, A Watch, The Pennsylvania State University

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#1. Posted by Karen Stylianides on January 03, 2020

“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

“Play is the highest form of research” -Albert Einstien

More adventure awaits!  Have Fun!




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