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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 06, 2015

Still in Paradise

Amalia Alberini, Graduate of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

North Rock Reef

Ship's Log

Noon Position
32° 22.7’ N x 64° 40.9’

Description of location
Docked in St. George’s, Bermuda

Taffrail Log
804nm miles traveled

Weather
22°C, a few clouds in the sky, calm seas, wind: South

Souls on Board

Good morning everyone!

I’ll be your guide for today’s tour in this beautiful place called Bermuda. You cannot hear my European accent, so I don’t promise that my writing is flawless!

Our day started with cereal breakfast when Roxie (the oven) decided that she has been working way too much and needed some more sleep... the promised sausage and pancakes were postponed for the next day. After our usual mustering in the quarterdeck, Amy and the group headed to the Bermudan Aquarium and Zoo Museum (BAMZ) where we would spend the whole day exploring it as usual visitors but also from ‘the inside’ with our familiar and special guide ROBBIE SMITH!! Despite the fact that part of the Aquarium is being restored and is currently closed to the public for two more weeks we all had the chance to look at the ‘behind the scenes’ restoration activities and discover that for the first time there will be a part dedicated to, guess what? The Sargasso Sea! It will have photos of last year’s cruise, information panels for adults and Q/A for kids. Visitors will be able to see Sargassum in vivo and hopefully all the fauna associated with it. I cannot describe to you how proud we all felt to be part of this and we all somehow feel we are in the right place at the right moment to show the general public the importance of the Sargasso Sea. As Robbie explained, there is a need to give a fresh air to the Aquarium in order to keep scientific knowledge undated and keep engaging both adults and kids in conservation education.

In the Zoo we had the chance to see foreign species coming from Madagascar, the Caribbean, and Australia- native species are not present since the Zoo’s participates in a program for breeding and keeping animals only for zoo purposes. We were also told that there is a rehab facility that care of injured animals. Between the Aquarium and the Zoo we also had a chance to see the museum that taught us about Bermuda’s history and conservation efforts.

Next in our visit Robbie and Amy led us to the BAMZ’s motor boat where a snorkeling cruise had been planned for us. I can tell you that we were all pretty excited to be in a motor boat and have a 40-minute ride to eat lunch on the deck and enjoy the speed! Our first stop was in the North Rock, a big extent of coral reefs where we had the opportunity to explore for a couple of hours. Our motorboat captain tells us that this is the northern most coral reef in the world. The visibility of the water was spectacular and we identified a very diverse range of both soft and hard corals (e.g. brain corals). We also saw parrot fishes and many sea cucumbers. The waters were cooler than expected and the lack of sun had made the air only marginally warm, regardless we had a wonderful time exploring the reefs. Our second stop was in shallower waters, closer to the coast, since the captain wanted us to compare it with the first one. This was a patch reef. I have to admit that as a real Mediterranean girl I decided to stay in the boat and help with the head counting- I had enough cold during the first stop!  As I have been told, reefs were less attractive than the first ones, the visibility was less good, however it was interesting to see lot more sea cucumbers and other types of corals dominating the seabed.

At around 4.00pm we headed back to the Aquarium and had the chance to revisit the facilities with Robbie. He and the rest of the Museum hosted us for a rich and delicious dinner in the garden of the facility, where we had the chance to discuss the BAMZ’s conservation efforts and future plans. As a reef and mangrove specialist, Robbie explained to us the greater efforts that are being made to focus on specific habitats and present current scientific knowledge and challenges to the general public, starting with kids at a very young age. After dinner, the director explained the challenge for zoos in getting the public involved by connecting them to something and find ways to show them both sides; there is still much to be done in conservation awareness and action but at the same time it gave hope to everyone that we can make the change. We also discussed the Blue Halo project and the need for good management decisions based on existing knowledge by engaging the public and taking advantage of the timing to enforce conservation policies. We all agreed that Bermuda, as a small country surrounded by the high seas should be the pioneer and be an example to other countries in putting in place marine conservation planning.

By the time darkness surrounded us, we started going back to our home sweet home, that has for the past weeks become the Cramer. As much as we all enjoy going around, discovering new places nothing feels more secure and familiar as her. She has been taking good care of us and we work together to take good care of her.

Thank you Robbie for showing us your ‘home’ and letting us have a quick but representative look at it, thank you Amy for guiding us day-by-day in this journey and thank you Bermuda for opening your arms to us and letting us getting to know your beauties.

To all of you, curious and interested in following us to this, you are all with us in this journey, in our minds and hearts.

Fair winds,
Amalia

P.S A ma famille que j’aime tant et a tout ceux qui sont la pour moi, je pense a vous et je vous remercie a chaque instant d’etre dans ma vie, force silencieuse et puissante.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  port stops  bermuda. • (1) Comments

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#1. Posted by Anna on May 16, 2015

Lovely to hear your voice… in print.  Enjoy the rest of the trip.  Hope you’ve got lots of photos to show us.
Love always,
A


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