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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

May 03, 2016

What do Bats, Gliders, Plastics, and Fish have in common? BIOS!

Will Freund, B-Watch, College of Charleston

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

One of the BIOS gliders named Minnie that was being prepped for deployment that day

Ship's Log

32° 22’ N x 064° 40’ W

Description of location
Docked in St. George, Bermuda

0 kts/ Alongside

Mostly sunny skies with light winds

Souls on Board

Greeting and Salutations!

Another very full day we had! Starting off this morning we made our way over to near to the airport to BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science). From BIOS we met with JP who was a major proponent in their outreach program. We were given a brief overview of what BIOS does, which is mostly centered on the BATS (Bermuda Atlantic Time Series) program, a data set that has been collected every month of every year from a specific site off the southeastern coast of Bermuda for the past 50 years and is the longest running aquatic time series in the world! After this brief introduction we were introduced to Ruth who is the head of the underwater glider program at BIOS and was in the process of prepping 1 of 3 of their gliders for deployments later today. It was amazing to see how simply changing the ballast in the glider allowed to effortlessly travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles! We met back up with JP and were shown an array of the plastics that commonly wash up on Bermuda’s beaches. This sparked a great discussion on the ecological and environmental status of Bermuda and of the greater global population. It was surprising to find out that Bermuda still runs on diesel generators.

After breaking for lunch, we all met back at the Cramer to meet and talk with local fishermen to discuss to current social and political positions of those directly involved in the fishing community in Bermuda. As many of us have a scientific background it was really interesting hearing an approach from a different perspective. It seemed that what the fishermen want and what the scientists want can both be accomplished with the right implementation. Huge thanks to Amy for setting up the BIOS tour and to Mark for setting up our discussion with the fishermen!

At this point it was about midafternoon, all the students were released to go do their own thing. There were many who promptly trotted off to Tobacco Bay and the surrounding to do some snorkeling, which from what I heard was pretty spectacular. I spent my afternoon with Kat Running and instead we grabbed some delicious frozen yogurt and started walking around the beautiful residential district in the northwest part of St. George. There are so many gorgeous flowers all blooming at the same time here. The one that stuck out to me most was we saw one passion flower in bloom, if you haven’t seen one before I highly recommend going and looking them up.

It’s crazy to think that normally at this time back at my college all of my friends are finished with their exams already! Also another fun fact is that right now where we are here in Bermuda is at the same latitude as my home university at College of Charleston. For my fellow Star Wars fans out there, tomorrow is a very special day, May the 4th be with you!

- Will

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