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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

April 25, 2017

Triple Stack Triumph!

Marie Spychala, C-Watch, Grinnell College

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Lepto research group doing some morphological IDs

Ship's Log

27°49.1’N x 075°40.4’W

Description of location
102 nm NE of Great Abaco, Bahamas

Hove to

Speed over ground
2 kts

Weather / Wind
Sunny, force 5 WxN winds

Souls on Board

It’s a beautiful day on the Cramer! The skies are mostly clear and we’re still in shorts/sandals weather. Along with slowly gaining my sea legs and shaking off seasickness, my science watches have been getting more and more exciting. Last night’s evening watch started out slow in lab, but at 2300 things picked up quickly. We deployed our first triple stack (two 1-meter nets at different depths and a neuston net at the surface) of the cruise!

The already complex process of getting the equipment and timing in place was made even more interesting in the dark. My handy red-light headlamp helped a lot with checking lines and finding my way around on deck, though I definitely had a few stumbles. The deployment was quite successful, and our hard work was rewarded with a boon of 10 leptocephali, which are eel larvae that my research group is studying. I’m so excited to have data to work with, and I had so much fun working with the science team on the deployment that by the end of watch at 0100, my seasickness-induced headache had completely disappeared. What an adrenaline rush!

I can’t wait to work on more deployments in the future, and I’m crossing my fingers for lots more leptos. We finally seem to be falling into a steady, yet ever-exciting routine here on the Cramer, and the science will only get better from here on out!

Fair Winds,

P.S. Hello to my wonderful family! I promise that I’m applying sunscreen regularly and won’t be burnt when you see me in June. Also, an extra special shoutout to Kelly Lane from Kelsey. She says “Happy Birthday Papa!”

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c273  science  research • (4) Comments


Leave a public comment for students and crew to read when they reach their next port and have access to the internet!

#1. Posted by Becky Lane on April 26, 2017

Thank you, Kelsey! I will show him your post. Have fun! and Love!

#2. Posted by Erin-Nora Petit on April 27, 2017

Dear Paige all of the info in the blogs is so fascinating,the blogs also make me feel close to you,keep up the good work;;;Godspeed Love Mommy

#3. Posted by Ken Spychala on April 27, 2017

Thanks for the post Marie.  Sounds so interesting!  Looking forward to hearing yout presentation at Woods Hole in June.  Hope you’re over the seasickness by now.  Be safe!  Love, Mom and Dad

#4. Posted by Rae K. on April 27, 2017

Hi Marie!!!!

Glad to hear you are having fun @ sea! This morning, I received an email from SEA that said you wrote a blog post. It’s awesome to see that you are on the vessel now! I remember our old conversations about SEA semester and it makes me so happy that you are on this program! grin What an incredible experience!

I look forward to hearing more about your research. (Eel larvae? How cool!!!!) And I cannot wait to see ya back on campus in the Fall! Wishing you clear skies, calm waters, and smooth sailing! Keep up the great work, Marie! grin

Sending you smiles from the cornfields.



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