SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
43° 40.1’S x 178° 18.2’E
Description of location
About halfway between New Zealand and the Chatham
Islands. Clear skies all day, although a squall passed by our stern aroundsunrise. Wind has died down, and we are now motoring as well.
Sail Plan (from 1300 Watch Change)
Sailing under the four lowers, ESE wind (force 2)
It feels like we are all starting to get into the swing of life here aboard the Robert C. Seamans; you’d be surprised how easy it is to fall asleep at 0800 after standing watch from 0100-0700. In class today we got a break from hauling on lines and learned how to use sextants (so we know where we are).
Science is still science-ing—meaning we are doing twice daily neuston tows and other samples and processing the contents of our samples. Thus far I think we have collected some data for each of the student projects, which is a great sign! Particularly relevant to Laura and my project is some very large myctophids (lantern fish) that we caught in the midnight tow.
Charlotte (occasionally called Chelsea), Tristain (sometimes known as Tristan), and Adrian taught us how to tell the difference between three shrimp looking critters—the mysids, euphausids, and actual shrimp. I’ll give you a hint: only one of them has hairy armpits. And so passes another day at sea. Oh, also, I figured out why the term “ship-shape” means “clean”. We do a lot of cleaning here.