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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 04, 2017
Having a Whale of a Time
44° 43.0’S x 175° 28.0’W
Speed over ground
Wind: South w/ Beaufort Force 5. Sea: SSE, 8ft. Cloud Cover: 5/8 Cumulous. Pressure: 1024.5 millibars Temperature: 13.0° C
"Whale!" exclaimed our 3rd Assistant Scientist Helen Duffel as we all stood lined up on the science deck on the port side of the ship learning how to deploy the Nueston net, one of our many ocean sampling tools. Although some of us, myself included, only managed to catch a glimpse of the spray from its blowhole our 1st mate Scott would later explain that it was most likely a Sperm whale based on the fact that its spray was at an angle and that it came up for air at least 20 times that he saw.
Once we lost sight of it we continued on with the Nueston demonstration and then it was back to the quarter deck for some sail handling practice. Specifically, we furled the jib and set and struck the tops'l. I think we are all starting to settle into the routine of shipboard life. You stand your 6 hour watch, report to the quarter deck for class at 1430hrs every day (except Sunday), eat the (excellent) meals during their respective times and sleep when you can. My watch group, B Watch aka Best Watch aka Bodacious Watch stood Dawn Watch this morning (0100-0700).
We are all in agreement that your mind starts to wander as you stand lookout on the bow. Maybe you start to question the recent life choices you made that landed you at the bow of this sailing vessel at 0300 on a Tuesday in the dark and cold as you get splashed by the swells; not your typical classroom environment. Nonetheless, we enjoy every minute of it and embrace it as Type 2 fun; it's difficult in the moment but when we look back on it about 40 days from now we will undoubtedly smile (once we all learn our lines). There is always something to be done on a ship and now it is almost time for B Watch's second rotation; 1900-0100.
P.S. Hey Mom, Dad, Hope, Erin, Hunter, Luke and Ella. (I told you I wouldn't get seasick.) Miss and love you guys thinkin about ya all the time. Also a Big Dominican (SNL reference) shoutout to everyone back at HC, miss and love ya'll too.