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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 21, 2018

Our first full day!

Kendra Ouellette, C Watch, Bennington College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Hydroids spotted under the scope!

Ship's Log

Current Position
025.33.71°N, 075.14.48°W

Course & Speed
140° at 4.2 knots

Sail Plan
Forestays’l, mainstays’l, mains’l

Cool, with a sky full of cirrus, stratus, and cumulus clouds.

Souls on Board

Happy world fish migration day!

Our first full day at sea has been a long one; I can hardly remember what I did this morning. C watch kicked off the day with the 0700-1300 watch.

During this time we got ready for our first scientific deployment; we set sails for heaving to, which essentially parks the Cramer so that we can safely put our gear over the side. Then, the lab team worked on data collection.

I spent some time in the lab today looking at our first Sargassum samples, which Helena collected with our dip net. We found all three species of Sargassum we were hoping to find, which was great! My research group is studying hydroids, which are sessile fauna that live on Sargassum. The existing literature on hydroids leaves much to be desired, so it's exciting to have the opportunity to contribute novel information. We got to work estimating the density of hydroid coverage, identifying species, and plucking samples off for later genetic analysis. Let me tell you, examining things under a microscope while the Cramer is rocking and rolling is no easy feat; it's a delicate balance between spending time at the scope and heading outside to get some much-needed air.

The seas have definitely been rougher today than what we've experienced thus far, and we had some squalls come through this morning, but the weather has been treating us pretty well. Fingers crossed for good weather tonight, because C watch is on 0100-0700; dawn watch! I'm looking forward to seeing the sunrise tomorrow morning. I think that means I should get some sleep right about now.


P.S. To my family and friends - I miss you all dearly! Thanks again for encouraging me throughout the entire process that got me here.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c279  study abroad  science • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Lura on April 24, 2018

Hi Kendra
I work at the PO with your mom you may or may not remember me. I think this is such a thrilling experience and was excited your mom shared this link to see what your up to. How cool! Can’t wait to see your progress and learn more about hydroids sounds interesting!enjoy the sunrise how many people can say that they’ve seen a sunrise while at sea! Safe travels may the sea be with you haha

#2. Posted by Liz Gill on May 07, 2018

Hi Kendra! Thanks for sharing! Say hi to Geoffrey!



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