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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

May 29, 2018

Anchored at Rangiroa

Shuo Wang, A Watch, Wesleyan University


Above: We were on the small boat heading to the snorkeling location, off of Motu Nuhinuhi. Below: A group of fish swimming with us during the reef survey.

Ship's Log

Current Position
14°58.544’S, 147°38.273’W

Ship’s Heading & Speed
Anchored at Rangiroa

Sail Plan

Sunny, only 2/8 the sky is covered by Cumulus Clouds. Wind is generally coming from the East with a speed around 9 knots. The sea within Rangiroa Lagoon is calm and has a wave height around 3 ft coming from the East. Temperature is around 30°C

Souls on board

Today we stayed within the beautiful Rangiroa islands the whole day and conducted our first real Reef Survey! We were divided into three separate snorkeling groups based on our Watch, and each Watch group is divided into Coral Team, Fish Team and Invertebrate Team. The natural beautiful views were as attractive and as interesting as our scientific research. It was such an enjoyment and privilege to be able to observe and study some of the most delicate creatures here in some of the clearest ocean waters. Most of us had a chance to see almost all the species on our list, which we have to get familiar with ahead of time. I was with the Fish Team and had a chance to record numbers of different fishes when we were stationary, moving along a transact line, and roving around. Everyone was excited about what they saw in the water. As for boat watches, all students, including myself were getting more and more comfortable with our duties, especially boat check.

As all members are sharing common resources, common illnesses are easy to spread on board. A few of the ship's crew felt sick today and we systematically learnt how to wash hands properly, as well as reinforced the cleaning procedures for the ship.

As a student whose homeland is China, I feel like the voyage is more like a trip to home rather than to a faraway destination, because I have been away from my hometown for almost a year and will immediately head home after this voyage. Each day I feel that I am getting closer and closer to home. Therefore, I always welcome a new day with full hope and enthusiasm, as all members on the ship do.


Shuo Wang from Watch Group A, Wesleyan University

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,Pacific Reef Expedition, • Topics: s280  polynesia.  study abroad • (3) Comments
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#1. Posted by Mikaela on May 30, 2018

Hope the trip is as beautiful as I imagine it to be!
Nat- I am currently trying to adopt a puppy… so you may or may not have a new face greeting you when you get back!!! Brainstorm some good names for me smile I hope you avoid all easily spreadable sicknesses and get a great view from climbing to the crow’s nest or whatever you guys have.

good luck on the rest of your voyage!

hawaii is missing you,

#2. Posted by Julie McKenzie on June 01, 2018

Hi Rowan, I’m enjoying each little description & can’t believe you’re on this amazing journey!  All the best to each of you & praying for your safety.  I hope to see some amazing photos some time!

#3. Posted by Jin Hi Kim on July 13, 2018

Hi Shuo

This looks fabulous trip and research. You said that you were with the Fish Team and had a chance to record numbers of different fishes.  This sounds so interesting. I can’t wait to hear what you have. Would that be good for Sound Calendar of the Year Project?

I envy your adventurous trip!



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