SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
July 15, 2015
Approaching the Equator
2° 4’ N x 166° 35’ W
Wind SSW, BF 1
Even though it’s all we see day in and day out, the Pacific Ocean never ceases to take my breath away. There have been days where it is flat and glassy, shimmering under the sunlight, and the deepest blue I have ever seen. On these unexpected days, I’m almost reminded of lakes from home, where the only obvious movement is ripples on the surface from the wind. Except then I look further to the horizon, and realize that this body of water has no visible end in any direction; its vastness is nearly incomprehensible.
Then there are days, like part of today, where the ocean has a blue-grey hue due to cloud cover, and is usually accompanied by white caps and waves that remind many of us that we actually do not have good balance. Occasionally, we get a larger swell that crashes into the side of the ship and splashes overboard, reminding me just how powerful the ocean is. Today, while many of us peered over our bow at a small tuna fish swimming in and out of our waves beside our ship, we all, at some point, experienced a salty splash or gush as we bounced along.
As of this afternoon, the ocean is also providing us with a game: Captain Pamela proposed we all guess (or attempt to calculate for those who still remember trigonometry) at what longitude and what day and time we will officially cross the equator. For many of us, this will be our first time entering the southern hemisphere. We are currently nearing two degrees north, and excitement, in myself at the very least, is growing. The equator is just a milestone marking us that much closer to PIPA, which is a destination warranting even greater anticipation and enthusiasm.
P.S. Happy Birthday Harrison!