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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


March 09, 2014

C251 Web Blog - 09 March 2014

Matt Hirsch, 2nd Assistant Scientist

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Coral at the Tobago Cays

Location
12° 46.5’’N x 061° 24.0’‘W
Heading
038°
Speed
5 kts
Wind
Beaufort force 2, ENE
Clouds
6/8 Cumulus

Hello world! We are underway again for a quick jaunt to Bequia, our next port stop. Last night we enjoyed some singing and guitar strumming on the quarter deck followed by one-hour anchor watches throughout the night. This morning we split into port and starboard watches after breakfast and took turns visiting the Tobago Cays beach and snorkel spot. Our Chief Scientist, Chuck Lea, reminded Captain Elliot that they visited this same spot when Elliot was a SEA Semester student just a few years ago (ok, maybe more than a few). I was in the second group of snorkelers, and while we were waiting on the ship students made progress on the results sections of their projects and the staff worked on various tasks. I learned how to do a whipping when I replaced the retrieval line for our Neuston Tow!

A short boat ride away was the snorkeling spot where we tied off the small boat to a mooring and explored the reef using the buddy system. Right when I got into the water I saw a stingray swim by! There were lots of brightly colored fish, as well as some brilliantly camouflaged ones. The coral here showed very few signs of bleaching, and the dominant types were brain coral and deerhorn coral. After snorkeling, my group went to the beach, which was marked off with buoys and happened to be a favorite hangout spot for the local green sea turtles! It was amazing to swim with the turtles as they didn’’t seem to be disturbed by people. We also saw iguanas soaking up heat from the day star (the sun) right by the beach.

After we made it back to the Cramer we had lunch and were up on deck getting ready to get underway by 1400. The crew has become very efficient at setting sails and after hauling up the anchor, we sailed away with little help from the engine. We are now back in sea watches and I will be on watch from 2300 until 0300 tomorrow, and we will be in Bequia sometime tomorrow.

- Matt

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