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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 13, 2016

Bye Bye Wellywood

Alina Nakano, C Watch, Whitman College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Science-ing with Makenzie (left) and Alex (center). Photo Creds to Rachel!

Ship's Log

Current Position
Cook Strait

Sunny with some clouds

Souls on Board

Today at 1330 we left Wellington for the Cook Strait. Wellington has been one of my favorite cities so far. It was a bit gloomy on Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday the city bloomed. Every direction I walked in, there was something to see and do and eat. On Saturday I ate lunch down on the waterfront watching kids dive into the ocean. A cool diving platform had been built on the edge of the dock and kids were taking a plunge with impressive flips and tricks. Later that day, I strolled around the city and ended up taking a walk in Central Park. I spent most of my three days in Wellington off the boat exploring the city and there was still so much I didn't have time to do. If I ever live outside of the US, I would love to come to Wellington (don't worry mom and dad no plans yet).

As fun as Wellington was, I'm really excited to be heading out to sea again. A lot of my ship mates have been commenting that time at sea really gives them time to reflect and learn things about themselves. I have learned that I am very prone to seasickness. As we head back out into open ocean and the Roaring 40's (40 degrees latitude), it's likely that I'll be making my offerings to Neptune (as Elliot so eloquently put it). However, I'm not complaining. Some of my favorite times on the ship have been a result of seasickness. One Dawn Watch, Johanna and I spent our night along the rails under one of the best starry skies that I have ever seen. Another night, I saw a steady stream of bioluminescent plankton as I was looking out over the railing. However, I think my favorite moment of seasickness was after a stormy night, as I watched dolphins frolic in a glowing sea lit by the sunrise.

As soon as I finish writing this blog I'm headed off to bed to get some sleep before I have watch at 0100. This dawn watch will be different because we have officially switched watch officers. Eric and Sarah have kicked us out of the nest and we are Heather and Maia's problem now. Eric and Sarah have taught us so much since we were "dropped off on their doorsteps like little babies who knew nothing" (metaphor creds to Makenzie). It's hard to believe that you can miss people that live on the same 130 ft boat as you, but we will miss our watch officers. Looking forward, I am excited to enter the newest leadership phase in which students start taking on more responsibility. Allowing us to make decisions about running a 211-ton ship is a true testament to the vast amount that we've learned in the last four weeks.

- Alina

P.S. Hi Mom, Dad, Cob, Lean & everyone else who is keeping up with our adventures! Thanks for reading.

Categories: Robert C. Seamans,The Global Ocean: New Zealand, • Topics: s264  port stops  new zealand  science • (0) Comments


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