SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
January 18, 2017
A Relaxing Day
18° 27.5’N x 065° 43.3 ‘W
Ship’s Heading & Speed
321 PSC, 3.5 knots
All fore and aft sail, heading towards San Juan Harbor
Clear, beautiful day
Yesterday we were at anchor off the coast of Vieques (our first and only port stop). It was exciting to once again touch land with our own two feet. Re-adjusting to not moving and being on land felt different. I couldn’t tell that we had stopped until I came onto deck and saw that we had stopped. Even when I woke up today, I felt as though we had never stopped moving. I had watch at 0700 this morning. This was the first normal watch after
yesterday being on anchor watch most of the day. Since we are coming to the end of our journey, we have a lot to prep in order to come home. We have taken a lot of samples that need to be brought back. We also are now starting to analyze the data from our various research projects. My group is looking at the differences in phytoplankton and zooplankton within the pelagic and littoral regions around Puerto Rico. The project seems to be coming along nicely and I am excited to finish the analysis on our project. As of yet we do not have a clear answer to our hypothesis, but I know that we will in the next couple of days.
Looking back on these past days, I would say that my favorite part of this trip was the science. As someone with a background in herpetology and recently limnology, it has been exciting to study oceanography while at sea.
I am always learning about some new organism or seeing some new organism that I never knew existed. For instance, my current favorite is a salp. They are essentially a giant blob of jelly. When you see them in the sample they look like a large gelatinous, clear blob. They are essentially a giant stomach that goes around eating whatever. We quickly remove them from samples because they will eat our zooplankton. I am truly amazed at their simplistic appearance yet complex functions.