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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


April 03, 2019

An Exciting Day at Sea

Andrew Meashaw, A-Watch, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

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Splashing around in the Sargasso Sea.

Current Position
25° 45.2’ N x 073° 09.4’ W

Course & Speed
085 at 4.5 knots

Sail Plan
Shallow Reefed Mains’l, Main Stays’l, and Fore Stays’l

Weather
Sunny and clear with light winds and a temperature of 30° C

Souls on board

Today was an exciting day for all aboard the Cramer.  From a scientific standpoint we have entered into the predicted spawning area of the American eel, Anguilla rostrata.  After swimming out to sea from their freshwater habitats the adults are thought to spawn within the Sargasso Sea. The exact location of his spawning within the Sargasso remains a mystery.  Models suggest that the spawning area lies within the portion of the Sargasso Sea we have just entered. Hoping to help to solve this mystery, we plan to deploy our first meter nets of the voyage today at 2200.  Some of us are getting decked out in red, white, and blue for the deployment to help “persuade” some of these American eel to swim into our nets.

More exciting news came as a surprise during class with Cap’ telling us we would be able to “sample” the ocean by jumping in!  After a little preparation we were plunging in to warm blue water of the Sargasso Sea for an enjoying swim. For a brief time we got to float alongside the Sargassum and other organisms that we came out here to study. It is not often that conditions align for open ocean swims so it was a lucky experience that I think we will all cherish for a long time to come. 

Shout out to all my family and friends reading, miss you all and can’t wait to tell you all about the voyage.

- Andrew Meashaw, A-Watch, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c285  research  study abroad  swim call • (5) Comments
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#1. Posted by Kristin on April 04, 2019

Great post Andrew! Miss you too! Love you, Mom


#2. Posted by The Tambasco's on April 05, 2019

Andrew. Wevare so proud of you!  What an amazing experience!  Keep up the great work and hope all the days arefilledvwith exciting surprises.

Love, Mike, Laurie & Michael


#3. Posted by Michele Ahlman on April 05, 2019

What a thrilling day! Sam can’t wait to read your blog!


#4. Posted by Porter Hoagland on April 05, 2019

Tremendous news, Andrew!

I thought those bobbing heads were actually Anguilla rostrata!

The first river herring with a tag from last year (an alewife Alosa pseudoharengus) ran through the fish ladder on Town Brook in Plymouth on Wednesday. Saw Abigail Archer yesterday; she was setting up to count fish as they topped the ladder—the way of estimating the stock size.  The dams have been removed now, so it might look a little different to that fish as it proceeds upstream to its own spawning grounds.

Hope you find those eels!

Porter


#5. Posted by Kim Schulz on April 15, 2019

Great blog post.  Those open ocean swims still stay with me as amazing moments in my life.  I’m so glad you got the chance and hope you have a fantastic cruise!


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