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SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer


May 09, 2017

The Perfect Day

Shannon Cellan, C Watch, SUNY ESF

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Above: Boat ride to dinner on a tiny island. Below: Snorkeling rainbow colored reefs at North Rock

Position
32°22.5’N x 064°40.5’W

Description of location
At anchor, St. George’s, Bermuda

Weather
Cloudy Skies, Bright Full Moon

Souls on Board

Only just getting back to Mama Cramer at 2240 is a bit rough as my bed time is often 2 hours earlier. As I am writing this I am suffering from the satisfying exhaustion one only gets after a long day filled to the brim with great adventure. For me personally the day started off at 6:30 because I was the assistant steward this morning! And since it was our wonderful steward’s (Sabrina) day off I was assigned the task of slicing bananas and bread, as well as taking cereal from the cabinet to the breakfast buffet for all. Exhausting, I know.  After all of us sea farers finished our breakfast and packed ourselves some lunch, we prepared to leave the Cramer for the
day.

A former member of the MBC crew and a part of the SEA Semester family, we met up with Robbie Smith, from the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), who gave us a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium. There were so many beautiful creatures including sea turtles, anemones, seals  and even yellowtail tuna! After that we were able to roam around the Bermuda museum to understand how it was colonized and the influence of this colonization on the species of such a small island, as well as the paleo and ecological history of Bermuda.  Following the museum all of us went to the zoo on the premises and got to look at many amazing terrestrial organisms. Bermuda Zoo has a very interesting program associated with their zoo where they aid in captive breeding for species indigenous to all parts of the world. That allowed us to take an awesome tour around the world and see the great diversity in organisms, from the lemurs of Madagascar, to the Iguanas of the Caribbean and many more.     

After a morning at BAMZ we boarded their boat and headed for North Rock, the reef on the outer edge of Bermuda. We went snorkeling and it was the most incredible thing I have ever seen. There were so many brain corals, other corals of beautiful yellow and blue, bright purple sea fans, and reef fish of every color imaginable. It was a truly surreal experience to be in such a beautiful place with crystal clear waters an hour boat ride from
land. After a couple hours of snorkeling we headed back to BAMZ, where a catered dinner was awaiting us. We hopped on yet another boat for a quick hop over to a small island owned by the aquarium and used for kids camps.

After dinner at the BAMZ house with Robbie and the BAMZ curator Ian, we explored the island it is situated on and saw such an abundance of sea urchins, sea cucumbers and even a conch in the water. It was a long full day surrounded by all the unbelievable beauty of Bermuda.

- Shannon

To Mom, Dad and Kara: It is all so beautiful no words can do it justice. I just wish you could be here to experience it with me.

Categories: Corwith Cramer,Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, • Topics: c273  port stops  bermuda.  study abroad • (2) Comments
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#1. Posted by Shannon Maye Cellan on May 10, 2017

This blog makes my heart dance! What a wonderful place to be. Love you Shannon! I wasn’t able to share this blog on my FB; URL issue. A&F


#2. Posted by Karen Oliver on May 10, 2017

Karrin’s grandma here.  I have told Karrin how much I loved reading her blogs.  Makes me feel like I get to share a little of her adventure!  However, I wanted to let you all know that all of your blogs are very interesting.  It is good to get all the different perspectives.  Keep them coming


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