SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmosphere
Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Ship’s Heading & Speed
Beautiful- sunny, partly cloudy with 2 knot gusts of wind from SE
Yesterday was one of the best field trips yet, especially for the science nerds! NIWA, New Zealand's version of NOAA, invited SEA to tour their research vessel, RV Tangaroa, and their facilities in Wellington. NIWA was super generous, and a new connection for SEA was made.
We pulled up to the RV Tangaroa in shuttles provided by NIWA. Living on a tall ship, we are very limited with space and materials, so touring this massive vessel was a luxury. Not only was the Tangaroa equipped with more
science materials, it also had a gym and a hot tub! The ladders even had heads half way through them. The control room was much more high-tech than the Seamans' doghouse. At the end of the day, though, the Seamans has a place in all our hearts.
NIWA had many buildings on their Wellington campus. We toured the very loud supercomputer room that powers their programs. Half of the class attended oceanography lectures by PhDs of all different concentrations. The other half got to see their deceased organisms collection building. Seeing an isopod the size of my forearm definitely freaked me out. The icing on the cake was seeing a little blue penguin swimming in the river, checking out
our tour group right before we departed.
Today we departed Wellington and the wrath of Cook Strait greeted us with force six winds and nine-foot seas. A-Watch took over the ship and led us out from the sheltered bay. The glory of land will come in a few more days, but for now its time to put our sea legs to work.
Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you enjoy the presents I left you!