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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


March 06, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 06 March 2014

Kaitlyn Ladao

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Our Sailing Intern, “Gabs”

Position
12° 36.1’’N x 60° 30.9’‘W
Heading
18° true
Current Speed
4.6 knots
Weather
26 degrees, 1/8th cloud coverage that emphasizes lights off in the distance of nearby islands.

This is so exciting! We are about to sail into port at Union Island sometime soon, and it is so nice seeing land. However, I do like being out on the ocean and just seeing the vast blue of the horizon. One of my favorite times is during the night watch, looking out into the stars. A watch is getting pretty good at naming constellations and navigation stars thanks to guidance of our mates, scientists, but especially our sailing intern Gabrielle (Gabs not Gabby). One my favorite constellation stories that I’ve heard from her is a Polynesian folk tale. They believed that the constellation Scorpio, fished the Hawaiian Islands out of the sea, because this constellation resembles a beautiful fishing hook. I love increasing my knowledge about the stars and constellations, buuuut… celestial navigation is a whole different story, and I am still trying to wrap my brain around that whole concept. Celestial navigation, my friends, is very difficult… wish us luck with this part of our academic adventure.

One of the coolest things that watches can see at night (other than the awesome stars) is dolphins. This is truly an experience that I wish everyone could have. The best place to view them is on lookout (obviously keeping vigilant at the same time). From the bow, they look like green torpedoes. The green bioluminescence trails behind the dolphins as they swiftly move through the water. Last night, C watch got a visit from spinner dolphins on their night watch and apparently, they would leap out of the water and do 360’s! I was so jealous!  However, I was pretty content in my very warm bunk after a long day of watch.

Class today was super interesting. Brandon had the coolest Dawn Watch Science report. He was talking about pyrosomes because we caught one in our meter net tow. Everyone who is reading this blog needs to go to Google and look up this cool marine creature. Science continually amazes me, I love processing the neuston nets and completing the 100 counts because all the little organisms are so strange but wonderful looking. Matt Hirsh, our 2rd Scientist, has a shirt that says “Science is Awesome!!!” with a T-Rex and a space ship in the background and this is relevant because SEA Semester is teaching me that in fact, science is awesome!

Well I am off to bed because we have a long but exciting day tomorrow filled with morning field day, then maybe some new beaches!
Live Long and Prosper,
Kait

Shout outs to the real world!!
Hello my wonderful family! I am in progress of becoming full mermaid (sorry mom) and Georgeeee I miss you and have a blast in Greece!” Love, Kait

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