SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
June 26, 2016
Poster Session and Nearing Land
51° 31.8’N x 012° 55.9’W
Today during class time we had a poster session which gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about the projects the students have been working on this entire trip. Posters were set up around the deck and the rest of the crew rotated through to hear a short overview about scientific findings and leadership styles. We learned about water masses, phytoplankton, microplastics and myctophids, along with leaders including Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Genghis Kahn and Grace O’Malley. It was great to see the culmination of all the work that has gone into these projects during our time at sea. Afterwards we were all rewarded with some bubbles to blow in the wind, which Kiara says were “the highlight of the day.” Meg, Kaylie and Kiara even wrote a haiku about them:
Rolling on the waves,
The tumbleweeds of the sea,
These bubbles are free.
We are officially on the Irish Continental Shelf now, less than 100nm from Ireland, and bets are being made on when we will see land. It should be at some point tomorrow, and we’ll hopefully get to do some bird watching near an island described in our tourism book as “the most fantastic and impossible rock in the world.” We’ll see if it lives up to that. It will be the first time we’ve seen land in over three weeks. There is much excitement about this but also some mixed feelings and hesitation. It means we are nearing the end of our voyage and we’ve created such a great community onboard that people don’t want to leave. We have grown accustomed to the ship rocking us to sleep and waking up to only the sea and sky, the sight of land may seem strange. Even the occasional sighting of another ship is often described as strange. It is much more common for us to see a pod of dolphins or pilot whales. We are looking forward to seeing green again though, and the views tomorrow should be fantastic.
We will have our last watch change tomorrow, where mates and scientists will rotate watches one more time so we are back with the original group we started the trip with. The students will be given their final mission and it will be exciting to see the growth, skills and knowledge they have all gained during our time at sea.
Lastly, I wanted to send a hello to all family and friends on land who might be reading the blog. Hi Mom and Dad, Hi Grandma and Grandpa and Hi Jojo, hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of summer.