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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans

March 05, 2017

One Year Later

Anna Jortikka, C Watch, Boston University

The Global Ocean

Neuston tow pristine sample (lots of salps)

Ship's Log

Current Position
41°47.67 S, 174°26.47 E

Ship’s Heading & Speed
280° at 5.6 knots

Force 7 winds from the west and partly cloudy

Souls on Board

If someone had asked me one year ago what I thought I would be doing in a year’s time, ‘steering a boat all alone in the Pacific Ocean’ probably would’ve been one of my last guesses, but that’s where I found myself this morning. I applied to this program because I wanted to do something fun and unexpected and so far both requirements have been fulfilled. Since it seems like most other people have already covered the ‘fun’ part I’m going  to talk about some of the things I didn’t expect.

For example, I didn’t expect that lab work could get much harder than some of my higher level biology and chemistry courses at BU, but that was before I was hunched over a bucket in the darkness at 2 am trying to pick out hundreds of tiny gelatinous salps with only the light of my headlamp while also trying to keep myself and my bucket upright. I didn’t expect to realize how privileged I should feel every day when I get to take a shower or use a bathroom that doesn’t move. I didn’t expect to be changing the oil in one of the water makers in the engine room while we were underway (I know my dad will be thrilled to hear this and insist I change the oil in my car from now on). I also didn’t expect to be sitting at a computer writing a blog post while the ship rolls enough to submerge the entire window right above me under water.

Lastly, I didn’t expect that I could’ve made so many great friends in such a short period of time and that somehow, miraculously, all 38 strangers that got put on this boat together seem to get along with each other perfectly. It is still amazing to me that I am here doing this, but it is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

- Anna

P.S. I love and miss everyone back home and will message you ASAP when we arrive in Wellington!

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