SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
May 24, 2017
One Last Hoorah
New York City, Pier 15, South Street Seaport
It was a wonderful last full day in NYC as we got to explore behind-the-scenes of the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. After meeting with Dr. Merry Camhi, director of the New York Seascape project, and sharing research and observations from our survey of the Hudson Canyon, we headed off on a tour of the upcoming shark exhibit's construction site. We looked pretty sharp and safe in our hard hats and reflective vests. Walking through the site and learning about the plans and complex process that goes into creating them was an eye-opening experience, and I know that myself and many other students are already making mental plans to visit the exhibit after it officially opens next year!
After lunch and more discussion about the Hudson Canyon project, we went to visit the aquarium's sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks. I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to see so much of how everything functions behind the exciting exhibits and shows, and it was pretty cool to see that the New York Seascape staff were excited and grateful to hear about our research and experiences at sea. It really sunk in today that the journey we just completed was incredibly unique and valuable to the field of marine science, as not many people are able to travel so far out into the ocean for research.
Tonight, we are completing some "bunk love" and scrubbing all the grime from the holes-in-the wall that we called home these past 5 weeks. I'm slightly concerned I'll have troubles falling asleep without the gentle (.sometimes not so gentle) rocking of the ship through swells. Although we're all sad about leaving Mama Cramer and are already entering a phase of nostalgia, I'm glad we can take comfort in the fact that we still have more time together on shore. We'll even get to see some of our wonderful staff members who are visiting campus periodically in the coming weeks, as well as lots of familiar faces at the Symposium. Lots of hard work is on the horizon for us when we reach Woods Hole, but I know that myself and my shipmates are up for the challenge. Now that we know we can successfully sail almost 2700 miles through the Atlantic, it seems like anything is possible!