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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

November 11, 2018

S283 Commences!

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist

Above: Students at the edge of a sea cave at Muriwai; below: Muriwai gannet colony; The Robert C. Seamans docked in Auckland, space needle in the background, and happy students on deck after their first full day of our S283 program.

Ship's Log

Current Position
Auckland, Princes Wharf

Course & Speed

Sail Plan
Setting sail on 11.14.18

Souls on board

Yesterday afternoon, students arrived in Auckland and boarded the Robert C. Seamans for the commencement of our S283 Global Ocean New Zealand program. The students of S283 have applied their characteristic enthusiasm and curiosity as they become oriented to the ship, their new home for the next six weeks. We have just concluded our first full day of the program. Today, students received lots of new information to help familiarize them with life aboard. They also took to the streets and beaches of Auckland to explore their cultural and natural surroundings. After waking up for the first time on the ship, students launched into a day of adventure, new places, and new experiences.  We headed to the Auckland War Museum for a glimpse into New Zealand's connection to history, culture, and the environment. Next, we headed to the Tasman Coast of the North Island, still within the Auckland Region, but far from the bustle of traffic and storefronts. There, above the rocky cliffs and the high-energy surf break of Muriwai beach, we observed one of New Zealand's largest gannet colonies building their nests of seaweed, diving for fish, and feeding their young chicks. The trip also offered some intertidal explorations, big deep breaths of fresh sea air, and meanders down the miles-long black sandbeach. Both field trips offered perspective on where we are, and where we're going. While picking up beach findings along the way, like egg cases, shells, and more curious specimens like the inside of a ram horn squid, students looked out to sea to ponder the ocean's expanse, their domain for the next month and a half. We're all excited for the adventure ahead. Follow along with us on our voyage here on the Robert C. Seamans S283 blog!

- Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist



Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s283  study abroad  new zealand • (0) Comments
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