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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 10, 2018
Out on the Reef
32°22.73’ N x 064°50.81’ W
Course & Speed
Sunny, a little windy, perfect weather for a nice light jacket
Yet another beautiful day in Bermuda! Today we got to go to the Aquarium and learn more about Bermuda's unique marine ecosystem! They had a few radical exhibits, including one about the Sargasso Sea! Alex, Kendra, and I geeked out at the hydroid section of the poster because that is what our experiments are on- check out that Clytia species (surprisingly not noloformis) and that Aglaophenia latecarinata! Once we checked that out, we moved on to a snorkeling adventure in Baily's Bay where we got to get up close and personal with some of the organisms we met at the aquarium. After we were done snorkeling we all had free time and a night off to go explore more around this unique island. Emily, Karina, Kendra, Aqua, and I did a little shopping at La Garza Bermuda where we met and talked with the owner, a local woman named Tara Cassidy- I highly recommend you visit this place if you want some cool jewelry. Tara's store is her way of advocating for environmental sustainability, making jewelry out of plastics she found on the beach- which after yesterday's beach cleanup is definitely on the forefront of our minds! She also uses coral from bycatch that washed on shore in lines, sand from beaches, and fins from invasive zebrafish.
We talked for a long time with her about what being environmentally sustainable means and why it is important for her to take on these issues. To many of us on the Cramer, being environmentally sustainable is something we strive to be every day. On shore and here at sea, we use reusable containers and bags when possible, made sure to recycle anything that we can be recycled, and we are conscious of the waste we were making and where it is ending up. We see the result of excessive plastic waste in our oceans. Last week Geoffrey posted a picture of the plastic that we collected from one of our Neuston tows. Since then we have filled up a dozen of those vials with microplastics.
When use single use plastics, that plastic goes somewhere, and it is not always where you expect. Sometimes trash ends up in our waterways and it is broken down and it gets pushed out into the ocean. The Sargasso Sea, as you probably know by now is a big gyre, and this kind of sucks plastics into it from the currents surrounding it. We all have probably contributed to this massive pollution problem in one way or another because many times we have little choice. Drink corporations have moved from somewhat environmental practices, like reusable glass bottles to be collected, to cheap single use plastics out of convenience; we are given plastic straws whether we ask for them or not at restaurants; packaging for any product we can find in the store is often completely covered in plastic. The whole view on plastics has to shift not only in the eyes of the consumer, but the eyes of producers, and the eyes of our policy makers.
So I challenge you today to think about all of the plastic that you have encountered. Where did it end up? Did it get reused or recycled? Did you avoid using it in the first place? Was it on the ground as you passed it on your way to work? Did it blow past your car window while you were running errands? Chances are you have encountered more plastic today than you may have realized. Save a fish or two and remember to bring a reusable water bottle next time you go out.
P.S. Shout out to my brother who is turning 19 today- whoop whoop! My parents and grandparents because they are amazing for giving me the ability to go on this crazy awesome adventure. My beautiful girlfriend, Linsey-you're my moon, and I am so excited for your study abroad adventure in Thailand. You are going to have the best time. Love you! My old Girl Scout troop for always being there for me- A circle is round, am I right? LU Theater and Alpha Psi Omega- I can't wait to get back to acting and working with you all! Longwood Professors and Advisors- you all have really helped me shape my path and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience all of this. Thank you for all you do! Hannah, MZ, Amanda, and all my other honors and LU friends- I miss you guys, and I cannot wait to be back next year and regale you all with my stories.