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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
July 17, 2019
Another Super Day
40° 00.5’ N x 69° 14.3’ W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
135°, 6-8 kn
Force 5 winds, 4 foot waves, mostly cloudy and humid
Hey there land people!
It was quite a thrilling and busy day on the Corwith Cramer! Amongst the mighty waves, we saw a large pod of common dolphins (a few of which rode our bow) and flying fish just a few hours later. Meanwhile in the lab, there was lots of processing going on because this morning we had our first Super Station on the Continental Shelf. For the Super Station we did five deployments: Shipek, Secchi, Hydrocast, Phyto Net, and Neuston Net. All of these help provide data about the biodiversity of the Continental Shelf and to show many patterns. To process these deployments, we counted organisms
from the nets to create a sampling group, took water samples from the Hydrocast, and filtered through the Shipek to find cool organisms such as sea stars and brittle stars.
While those assigned to lab worked with the microscope, those of us on deck continued to familiarize ourselves with sailing at sea. Aside from gybing and hoving-to to help our science deployments, we kept a straight path throughout our entire watch. To do this successfully, we had to rotate through a few equally important duties. Each of us spent time steering, keeping lookout, handling sails, and doing boat checks and weather reports. The language used by sailors is becoming less foreign with practice, but there are still words and skills to be learned by B Watch. Regardless, we have been working well as a team and bonding with our fellow shipmates!
Shout out to the Bretl fam! Miss you all and the doggies very much! Also hi friends I’m still alive! – Ariane
Hi Mom! Shout out to the Atwood’s at home in Pittsburgh - I miss you all!
P.S. Shout out to Rocky’s mom… Rocky rocks!! – Eliza
Hey guys, shout out to everyone at home, I hope you are all doing well (especially Abe) and I am feeling much better. Pet the cat for me! -Tamara
- B Watch: Eliza, Ariane, Tamara, Diego, Eleni, Jackson, Tim