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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
March 02, 2017
40° 14.4’S x 178° 18.7’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
240°, 5-6 knots
Waves averaging about 3 ft. out of the W, Winds 3-4 BF, partly cloudy
Over the past couple of weeks that we’ve been on the ship, we’ve been (obviously) deploying a lot of equipment to investigate the local waters and wildlife. For instance, the neuston net tow allows us to gather organisms from the surface and just below. Perhaps therein lies the problem. I don’t know. But to cut the story short (as Ben talked a lot about them in yesterday’s blog), we’ve been catching a lot of salps. For, as Rose said recently, “there is nothing out here but gelatinous beasts.” 1,509 salps in the pristine bucket alone is nothing to laugh at. Thankfully though, they haven’t been our problem as much as they have been A watch’s.
Being put together on watch (B watch - Best Watch) with people that I didn’t know terribly well on land during the shore component initially seemed like the worst thing in the world and I was definitely worried about working together as a group, let alone being stuck on a 134.5 ft long vessel for the upcoming amount of time. Clearly, my worries were for nothing. The rigors of the watch schedule, trying to fit in time to sleep, not being able to get to sleep because of seasickness or wanting to watch the stars above, rushing frantically to catch up to a deadline after it isn’t the day you think it is, losing track of the month (let alone the day). All of these have been problems. Working together as a watch to win the rope identification section of the LDE practical by at least 3 minutes? Yeah, B watch is fine.