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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
November 25, 2016
30° 36.5’ S, 179° 38.2’ E
Speed of Ship in Nautical Miles
2-4 NM (we went from approxcimately 4 to 2 knots and back again throughout our watch)
Make way for Kermadec Islands, ETA Sunday 1100
Weather, Wind and Sea Conditions
Mildly Foul Weather, Humid, Raining
Today on our ship we have been graced by the presence of five Glaucus atlanticus nudibranchs! A native of the Tropical and Subtropical Seas, these surface dwelling sea slugs are, to put it bluntly: gorgeous and impressive. While small in size, the molluscs we’ve been able to observe are iridescent blue-white and have four mane-like appendages that they use for flotation. My favorite part of the day was observing them in the lab.
Outside of the lab we had humid mild stormy weather, and a considerable amount of rain! During A watch’s night shift our mission was to slow down our ship’s speed enough to be able to deploy the Neuston Net, a
net we use for sampling the ocean’s organisms. Slowing down the ship required every member of our watch to handle our sails a considerable amount. Working together is a constant reality onboard, wherein we depend on each other for the wellbeing of both the ship and the brave students, scientists and sailors who keep it running. We are all explorers at heart, and to brave the South Pacific Seas together will require the best effort of each of us. To our voyage ahead.