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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
Shore’s in Sight But Memories Will Stay at Sea
18° 34.8’N x 065°57.7’W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
238°, 0.7 knots
Main stays’l , Forstys’l
Calm and warm
The morning began with astonishing moments; San Juan to our backs, the lights making the island of Puerto Rico look like a Christmas tree that filled the sky with light and drowned out the stars. Yet to our port the stars prevailed, covering the black canvas with millions of specks radiating light to the horizon. The ocean was calm with a cool wind reminding the students of where we are to return in the coming day; it’s almost hard to believe these two lands are so different, one a land of sand and oceans as far as a sailor’s heart could sail and the other of clay and snow and the return of not sitting on the quarterdeck of a boat in sunny beautiful weather for class. All moments of our life that won’t be forgotten.
But more than a world of almost luxurious sailing and learning we have had a plethora of finds in our lab. At around 0016 my watch (B Watch) pulled in our neuston net that we had been towing for 30 minutes, but due to a time constraint the job of processing and cleaning fell to the following watch (C watch) that took over at roughly 0100. In the cod end jar amongst the bioluminescent glow and the Sargassum we found a whopping 30 leptocephali, eel larvae that looks similar to a cup of transparent flat noodles, and five phyllosoma, lobster larvae that remind me of a small alien spaceship. Also, amongst an overwhelming amount of copepods and ostracods were five Halobates, the only insect that lives in the ocean.
For now, though, this is the end as we sit outside of where our journey began and made life memories with now close friends, anxious to go home yet anxious to stay. Lucky was I for participating in Sea Miami.