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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 11, 2016

FISH

Kat Running, B Watch, American University

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

The fishermen, the source of the lure, and the catch!

Position
37° 53.9’ N x 066° 01.8’ W

Description of location
Temperate North Atlantic

Weather/Wind
NxW, force 5, clear, sunny, 20.9°C

Souls on Board

Today when I first went up on deck for watch (0650), I knew something was different. By 0900 I had figured it out. The water was grey, not the brilliant blue we were all used to. Of course, I questioned myself and had to ask my mate, Scott, if the water was a different color. He kind of rolled his eyes at me saying “yes…” as if it should have been obvious. I replied that I didn’t like it and he laughed. We had entered the Gulf Steam overnight! I was a little sad I missed it. Captain Jason hyped it up to be very different from what we were used to. Generally the seas are much rougher and the current is stronger and more variable in direction, so the motion of the boat is not the usual rolling motion. But, I slept right through it. The surface temperature is still warm, 25.1°C. We looked at the ADCP and saw the circling motion of the currents over the morning. So, we think we are in an eddy off the Gulf Stream.

We have a Nautical Science assignment due soon. We need to shoot 3 sun lines and 1 LAN and chart a running fix with them. So, today everyone was scrambling for sextants to shoot their LAN. As I was on watch, I grabbed a sextant early. We shot the sun lines while we were on station in the morning and then the LAN around 1220.

It should be noted, that our watch, B watch, was the first to complete their skills checklist. This means after safety training, which Scott will hold tomorrow after lunch, B watch members can go aloft! Bex reminded us to enjoy our last few days on the ship, so I’m sure many will climb aloft just to relax and enjoy the view.

Scott taught our afternoon class today. We learned how the RADAR works. We have used it to detect other ships, buoys, squalls, and land. It sends out radio waves that bounce off things and then are received by the RADAR. From the RADAR, we can get the bearing and range of something which is useful for avoiding collisions or preparing for a squall.

I saved the most exciting thing for last. The fish! I was working in the main saloon when Nate came down the ladder and casually said “there is a 4 foot fish on the deck” while walking by. Luckily someone was listening and quickly shouted that back so everyone could hear. We all ran up to see Andrew, Pedro, and Grayson swarmed around the fish. Grayson pulled in a female White Marlin on Andrew’s handline. It weighed 13-14 kilos. The fish was cleaned and will likely be dinner tomorrow. Grayson will keep the spike and the tail is drying on the bowsprit. Pedro is hoping to keep that. Much to Pedro and Andrew’s dismay, we have had very little fish action. Less than 30 minutes after Bex threw one of her dreadlocks on the line, this fish was caught! She cut off her dreadlocks in Bermuda and saved them specifically for fishing. I guess they have had luck fishing with dreadlocks aboard in the past.

Oh, Dad we are doing the Styrofoam cup thing! Amy is letting me make one for Martin. I miss you all and can’t wait to tell you all about the trip!

Much love,
Kat
 

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: life at sea  megafauna  c266 • (1) Comments
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#1. Posted by Isabel martins on May 16, 2016

Uau Pedro! Finalmente um grande peixe. Que bonito.
Parece que estás a aprender muito e o mar já te conhece.
Um grande abraço meu, do pai e da Laura. Beijos do nosso pessoal.
A todos os teus colegas muito bom trabalho, boa investigação e disfrutem muito.
O meu agradecimento ao teu comandante e todos os tripulantes que te ajudam e orientam. Dá-lhes o meu bem haja!
Good waves to all students and crew


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