SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
April 23, 2018
Sleepy But Satisfied
Course & Speed
180° 4.9 knots
Forestays’l, Mainstays’l, Mains’l
Clear with scattered clouds
I just got off dawn watch, so bear with me. Dawn watch is from 0100-0700. I was a helper in lab this morning, classifying the different species of Sargassum and identifying 100 animals in the sample of water that we collected at midnight. And guess what? We found a Frogfish (a fish found only associated with floating Sargassum, and nowhere else)!! And an endemic Sargassum crab! Wow. So cool. We also got to do a maneuver up on deck called a "Jibe." This means we turned the boat around and changed course. This included hauling sails to be in the correct position to catch the wind. We did this in class yesterday, so it was nice to have that knowledge still fresh in my mind. Even if it was 2 am J. I also got to start on a DNA extraction for a Sargassum shrimp, which was really exciting.
All our meals are super delicious, and I don't think I've ever eaten so healthy in my life. I'm really enjoying this experience, and can't wait to see what else we will find!
Update: It is now 1710 (that's 5:10 for you land folk), and I have eaten and feel so much more awake. We had class today to learn about Celestial Navigation. I am super stoked to try that on evening watch, if the skies stay clear enough. We are sampling a lot more Sargassum and all the little critters that come with it. Being able to watch the blue sky and the waves go by is a wonderful feeling, and is really helping to establish my sense of place for the Sargasso Sea. It has become more real to me, and I can't wait to see all the beauty that it has to offer, and all the knowledge it has to teach me.
P.S. Mom, this picture is for you. And dad, love ya lots. Say hi to my dearest sisters, whom I love, and my little Lilabee <3.