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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 04, 2015
Island Science and Sun Tans
32°22.7’ N x 64°40.9’ W
Description of location
Docked in St. George’s, Bermuda
804nm miles traveled
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Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs
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Day 2 in Bermuda and it still feels strange being stationary. I got out of my bunk this morning and habitually braced myself against the wall, expecting the rolling and pitching that I’ve gotten used to these last two weeks. Instead, all was calm, and I was able to maneuver down the hallway without stumbling or running into anything! Very exciting. Science groups are taking full advantage of this whole not moving thing to finish sample processing and DNA extractions – it’s a whole lot easier to handle pipets when your equipment isn’t sliding around.
It’s crazy how tiny Mama Cramer looks when its next to the dock – out at sea, it is the largest thing in sight for miles and encompasses our whole world, while here, next to buildings and with an entire island to explore, the ship begins to feel a little cramped. Thus, the best thing about being on land again – walking! It feels SO good to be able to climb a hill and stretch my legs without having to make a dozen laps around the deck. Also ice cream. And trees. And lying in the grass. And sleeping through the night! All in all, Bermuda’s being great to us.
Today we toured the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS), where we met a lot of incredibly motivated and inspirational scientists and policy makers who are working to study and protect the seas around Bermuda. We heard about a marine spatial plan in progress for the area, as well as the Blue Halo project, a proposed plan to make a marine reserve in the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This reserve would protect the ring of ocean from 50-200nm out from shore, leaving the productive and easily accessible space close to the island open to continued use. Bermudian boats rarely fish farther than 25nm from shore, so the reserve wouldn’t disrupt their practices: what it would stop is illegal fishing from international boats. It seems like a great idea, and most of the Bermudian public is in support as the government considers the plan.
Docked at BIOS was a research vessel called the Atlantic Explorer that does long term oceanographic studies in the Sargasso Sea. We were able to tour the ship, and we were all rather overwhelmed. It had basically all the same scientific equipment that is onboard the Cramer, but about 20 times larger. We have a tiny hydrocast to sample water that one person can pick up and lower overboard: their hydrocast was taller than me and required a motored track to move it and a giant A-frame to carry it overboard. There was a TV and four floors and more lab space than the entire space onboard the Cramer. It was fun to explore such a different type of research vessel, but I think we all left with a newfound appreciation for the little sailing ship that has become our home.
We were let loose for the afternoon, and spent our rare moments of freedom exploring this paradise of an island. Some found nearby beaches and went snorkeling, some took advantage of the free wifi in the St. George’s town square, some gleefully cleaned their clothes at a Laundromat. Not a bad place to spend a week.
Much love to those on shore,