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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 02, 2018
43°50.7’S x 177°55.1’E
Ship’s Heading & Speed
055°, 4.1 knots
Mainstays’l, forestays’l, tops’l, and jib
Sunny with a few clouds, wind from the NW
Had you asked me a year ago, I don't think I'd say that I saw myself counting zooplankton on a ship that's rolling over the occasional 10-foot swell in the future. But that's what lab duties on evening watch consisted of last night! Between 2200 and 2300, Rachel and I tag-teamed a 100-count of zooplankton collected by A-Watch just before our shift. While we found mostly copepods (typical), we were excited to see a few ostracods, a baby squid, and even a chaetognath (arrow-worms, voracious predators of the microscopic world)! We finished up just in time to lower "Neusty" (our Neuston net) into the water on a port tack for a 30-minute tow. Neusty helps us find zooplankton, but every once in a while he catches a few extra things. My watch-mates and I were excited to find a piece of kelp with pelagic barnacles, a lanternfish about the length of my hand, and a juvenile flying fish. We were enthusiastically analyzing our finds in a bucket in the wet-lab sink when 3rd Scientist and B-Watch Officer Allison called us
over to check out the bioluminescent organisms stuck on the net. We are all still adjusting to ship time, and were pretty exhausted on this 1900-0100 watch. But this was one of the most rewarding experiences so far, and I know speak for all of us when I say I can't wait to see what's next.
As we continue to learn what the Seamans has in store for us, we all grow a little more comfortable on the ship. Today was my first day without taking seasickness medication, and so far I haven't felt sick (knock on wood)! And I'm not the only one. Each day our footing grows a little more confident, although we mostly continue to stumble around the rolling ship like toddlers (we are still in the "pin-ball" stage, as Captain Jay calls it). But we can all feel how we are gradually becoming acclimatized to life at sea. Even as I'm sitting in the library typing this post, I can feel my body naturally adjusting to the way the boat moves. Every day, one or two more little things work out, we learn a few more lines and knots, and we continue to live on the sea. Life on the Seamans is chaotic, unexpected, and constantly in motion (literally), and I couldn't be happier to be here.
Special shout out to my Mom, Dad, Rosalie, and Kurt!
- Lila Glansberg, B Watch, Stony Brook University