SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
July 18, 2014
Kanton: Population 35
2048.2’S x 171042.8’W
Hello there land dwellers! Us seadogs have set eyes on the beautiful island of Kanton (or Canton) today, the only human inhabited island of all the Phoenix Islands. Population:35 Elevation: just a couple meters. We left our previous spot near Enderbury yesterday and sailed throughout the night to approach our new destination. We took our sweet time sailing so that we could deploy the Hydrocast, MOCNESS and do a neuston tow near an uncharted seamount. All tows resulted in interesting finds, including the cookie cutter shark we caught in the MOCNESS, measuring in at 30 mL by Erik Marks.
The marine animals are not the only abundant animals around, all last night we were followed by many birds (mostly Terns), and some were so kind as to pay a visit onto the boat. It seemed as though the payed visit was out of their will though, seeing as some flew right into our main stays’l sail and dropped down to the deck a bit confused.
After towing all our nets and instruments we made way straight to Kanton. Sailing to the island of Kanton was accompanied by some high winds and choppy seas, all serving some great excitement for us on board. We caught sight of the island around 0100 and approached the western side at about 0600, and after much work from the crew and captain carefully examining the waters near shore, we successfully anchored for the night. We just enjoyed a delicious all hands dinner with some jack fish caught fresh yesterday by the WHOI science party near Enderbury, and now we all await to see what tomorrow will bring us.