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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 04, 2019
Life at Sea!
43o55.5’S x 179o12.7’E
We have now been at sea for four days! Everyone is starting to get in the swing of our watch schedules of 6 hours on and 12 hours off. Slowly but surely we are beginning to stop crashing into walls every second, hitting our heads everywhere we go, and learning how to not have everything spill off the rolling tables at meals.
We have also started dragging a fishing line and believe it or not, but we caught two blue fin tuna today! Unfortunately, both were too small to keep and we had to throw them back but it was exciting to say the least. The blue fin tuna wasn't the only excitement of the day, we also saw a couple dolphins and seals along the horizon. Albatrosses are soaring everywhere even though we are already hundreds of miles off shore. In the Neuston net we caught a variety of large clear salps and a Portuguese man-of-war that was an incredible shiny blue and purple color. Life at sea brings all sorts of new discoveries.
At the end of the day if everyone isn't passed out in their bunks after dinner we come together and play music and games. It's a great atmosphere to hang out and get to know everyone in outside of the working and learning aspects on watch. We have such a wide variety of people with different backgrounds that we never have a dull moment.
- Josie Sullivan, C Watch, East Carolina University