SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
May 01, 2018
17˚28.6’S x 151˚40.0’W, 40 nautical miles away from Raiatea
Ship’s Heading & Speed
020 degrees True (Using the sun and stars!), 5 knots
To Raiatea in the morning!
Warm tropical weather
Waking up for morning watch today, there was no question that we have experienced a change in our horizons here on the Robert C Seamans.
I, and I am sure a majority of my fellow students, were tired from the day before as we worked furiously to finalize the research projects into which we have put so much time over the past 10 weeks. But, after all the research on shore to the data collection and analysis at sea, it is a delight to announce that we have all submitted our directed research manuscripts! I am so proud of everyone for working so hard, from countless
hours in the hot library with limited ventilation, to the extra time put into peering into rocking microscopes in the lab; we did it. Considering we are the only research vessel to pass through this region of the world’s oceans this year, the data we have collected over our time here will prove important in the marine biology academia. All the hard work and (literal) sweat we have poured into these papers, I can confidently say we are all
releasing huge sighs of relief now that this research project has steadily come off of our horizons.
But, when one door closes another opens, and with the setting of our research paper comes the rise of land on the horizons! It has been four weeks since any of us have seen land after departing the Chatham Islands on April 7th (our first April 7th considering we re-lived that day as we crossed the International Date Line). The open ocean has given us clear days, cyclones, uncountable squalls, days of unbearable heat, calm conditions, and everything in-between. Living on this boat I call home on the open ocean for so long, it was almost strange seeing the outline of Raiatea this morning as I came onto deck. Considering the finish of our papers, this change in our views is almost poetic, and excites me for the remaining week of our trip as we head towards land. Although I have grown to love the exclusion of the open ocean, I cannot wait, as shipmate Kat Duvall says, to “play with dirt again.”
I would love to conclude this post with some much needed shout-outs. Primarily to my entire crew for making this an unforgettable, laughter- filled experience that I will hold close to my heart forever. Sending infinite love back home to my family, I love you guys and cannot express the gratitude I have for all the support you have given me. A very happy birthday to you Gracyn, I love you and am so proud of everything you do, so happy I have you as a sister and a best friend. Lastly, mom, I love you so much and I cannot wait to share my experiences with you. Thank you for everything.
- Kyler Mose, A Watch, University of Vermont