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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May

12

C252 Web Blog - 12 May 2014

Luke Gervase, B-watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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An Anguilla leptocephali!

Position
39° 45.9’’ N x 072° 23.2’’ W
Weather
Wind WSW F2, 14.0°C

Before I start this blog entry, I have to give a very big thank you too all of my shipmates who allowed me to experience my graduation today. Although it may have not been with all of my friends ashore, my makeshift graduation ceremony will never be forgotten. All of you guys really out did yourselves; I truly love my “diploma”.

Talks of salps overtaking our doghouse and a mythical giant octopus devouring our boat… we must be approaching our last port stop. In only two days, we will arrive in my home city of New York. It is quite hard to believe that we are this close to ending our program. The amount of work to be done in the next few days can be overwhelming to most; but not to C-252. I am proud to be shipmates with every person on this boat and I am confident that our final product will be stellar. Speaking of stars, we had another star frenzy last night. In laymen, star frenzy is the time of night just when the sun sets that is the best time to shoot stars using sextants. By shooting stars through sextants, we can eventually find our position in the middle of this vast blue ocean. It is a very hectic, but somehow organized event aboard momma Cramer.

Yesterday I went aloft for the first time with two of my shipmates. I almost started crying, not because of my lifelong fear of heights, but due to the breathtaking view. Going aloft allowed me to “be here” as Theo, our policy TA, advised. On top of our workload, It is very difficult to remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and that we all must enjoy the moment. However, I think we all experienced “being here” last night. Last night around 19:00, we spotted dolphins for the fourth time on our trip. Most of us were able to go out on deck and watch these exciting mammals skip through the water. Once our friends moved on, many of us remained on deck to enjoy the perfect weather, beautiful sunset and the calm seas (something we have not experienced much of).

I would also like to mention that we have caught some leptocephali of the Anguilla species of eels. This genus of eels includes the American eel, the species of eel in which I used to catch with my father and grandfather when we would go fishing together. One of my first memories was witnessing my grandmother yell at my grandfather in Italian because he was fileting and preparing the eels over their kitchen sink getting the “excess” of the eel everywhere. I also was fortunate enough to assist in a tagging migration study of these eels in the Carmans River on Long Island. To say the least, this species holds a special place in my heart.

When we arrive in New York I would love to see some friends and family! To all of my family in particular, it would be great to see you all while I am back in the area for a few days. I also feel obligated to mention that I am anxiously waiting to see the results of this year’s NFL draft, J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!

Cheers,
Luke

P.S. To our “other others” Robert, Tony, Solvin, Lars and Robbie, we all miss you; the second half of our trip has been amazing. Solvin I hate to admit it, but we have seen a whole lot of Sargassum on this leg of the trip. Hope all is well with you guys!

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