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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer



Surf’s Up

Matt Glasenapp, B Watch, Macalester College
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

26° 04.1’N x 070° 30.5’W

Description of location
South Sargasso Sea

25° True

5 knots

Souls on Board

Another day has come and gone aboard the Cramer.  I can’t believe we’ve been at sea for almost two weeks already!  It was a warm and beautiful sunny day, although a strong twenty knot wind producing six to eight foot waves had some feeling unwell.  Our watch group (B) was supposed to undergo a training for going aloft onto the fore mast today, but the rough sea state prevented us from doing so. I spent the afternoon in lab with Maggie and Grayson, our assistant scientist, counting microplastics and identifying zooplankton and Sargassum fauna from our morning station Neuston tow.  The net turned up a frogfish and a halobates, which were both fun to observe.

During evening and dawn watches, we have been starting to learn the different stars and constellations, and how to use them to fix our position. Most of the crew carry laser pointers at night and are eager to point out celestial bodies.        

I think I speak for most when I say I’ve completely lost all perception of time, sometimes sleeping through the day in order to wake up and amplify DNA at midnight.  The amount of coffee consumed on board is just absurd.  More meter net deployments are yet to come tonight, and then it’s off to the north towards Bermuda!

- Matt

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#1. Posted by Roger Van Deusen on May 01, 2017

Saying Howdy to all the students and crew, but especially to my lovely daughter, Vanessa. Chikako, Sid, Sam, and myself miss you very much and are very proud of you! Also, we had no idea you were the acting Captain of the vessel! Amazing! My daughter, Skipper Vanessa!



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