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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 13, 2015

A Girl Who Doesn’t Get Sea Sick

Olivia Robson, A-Watch, University of Connecticut

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Large pyrosome found in night tow.

Noon Position
34° 35.4’ N x 068° 12.9’ W

Description of Location
Northern Sargasso Sea

Ships Heading
325 degrees per steering compass

Ships Speed
~4 kts

Taffrail Log
1039.8 nm

Weather/Wind/ Sail plan
Cloudy with squalls, four lowers are up (mains’l, main stays’l, fore stays’l and jib)

Marine Mammals Observed in last 24hrs
none

Sargassum Observed in last 24 hrs
very little, 3 clumps of S. fluitans in the morning hours

Hi all,

This morning I woke up to some cloudy and wet weather with increasing wind and waves. Anthony, Ryan, and I had an eventful morning in lab. We were able to deploy the CTD safely in the swells, CTD stands for conductivity, temperature, and depth and measures salinity, temperature, depth, and dissolved oxygen. I was also able to complete some project work; I identified 16 eels that were caught in last night’s triple stack net tow. The triple stack net tow is a series of nets (two meter net, one meter net, and a neuston net) that we deploy every day at 0000. We have been finding a high biodiversity of eels so far in the North Sargasso Sea and I love being able to identify new species we have not collected thus far.

Also this morning A-watch unsuccessfully, yet again, tried to get an LAN, which stands for local apparent noon. LAN is part of celestial navigation and is used to find our position on a chart. Everything is going well with our new watch officer Cassie and our new assistant scientist Britney; A- Watch works at a much calmer pace than C-Watch.

Last night, a pyrosome was caught in the triple stack net tow. A pyrosome is a colonial organism that is tube shaped and hollow on the inside. The one we found last night was different than the ones we have previously caught on this trip. This pyrosome was very ridged, large, and was extremely bioluminescent. If you don’t know what bioluminescence is, it is a glow that an organism can produce chemically from bacteria to scare away predators or possibly attract prey. I unfortunately did not get to see the pyrosome from last night but I remember seeing a similar one during my High School trip with SEA back in 2011. 

Today, we were forced to have class below deck in the main salon because of the squalls, luckily for me I can just roll out of bed and I’m already there(this is also helpful for meals)! In class we learned about RADAR and how to use one of the instruments in the Doghouse. One of my favorite parts of the day comes after class, afternoon snack. Today for snack we had chips with fresh humus and artichoke spinach dip yummy as always, thanks Lauren for continuously feeding us.

As the day is winding down I plan on a nap and some light reading. Tonight A-Watch has mid-watch which is from 2300 to 0300 and is my favorite watch because we get to deploy the triple stack tow. Mid-watch is also great because afterwards we get the sleep of kings, which the longest amount of interrupted sleep we get from 0300 to 1200.

From a girl who is glad she does not get sea sick,
Olivia 

P.S. Love to everyone back on shore. I am so proud of you mom and how amazing you are at your job, you’re the best role model a daughter could have (okay now stop crying I will be home soon)! I love you times infinity Kyle I miss you so so much and I am so proud of you for getting that internship you are wicked smart don’t forget that (you should also tell Alandra to look at the blog please). Hi Jim I hope you are doing well too and I hope you stopped mom from getting ten dogs. Shout out to Ann Bucklin for running a great lab and being an amazing mentor I can’t wait to work with you this summer again! Another shout out to all the animals that I love Scooter, Brody, and all the crazy horses at UConn (RIP Becca).

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c259  science  research • (1) Comments

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#1. Posted by Olivia's Mom on May 17, 2015

Dear Lovie,

You are in your element and sound happy and strong.  Learn all you can and savor each moment.  We can’t wait until you can tell us about your adventure in person.  Love Mom & Jim
ps. check you email and texts.


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