SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
August 09, 2016
The Final Countdown
12° 10.65’ S x 171° 16.2’W
160nm N of American Samoa
Winds E 20 knots, Seas E 7 ft, motorsailing under the four lowers on a port tack
Projects are due soon! The main salon was filled with laptops every time I walked past, and Morgan, our steward had to kick us out for meals. Within a few minutes of the tables being cleaned, everyone was back to work, like nothing had ever slowed us down. As the deadlines loom, we all want more than anything to be done with our projects and spend more time with each other. I spent the day making plots of salinity along our cruise track, and working on the analysis of my data. As we all come closer to realizing how close we are to the end of this trip, everywhere I go on the ship, I find people to talk to. I couldn’t even leave the salon for a second to grab something from my bunk before I wound up talking to someone for twenty minutes.
I’ve been working with Jan to analyze salinity and nutrient data for my project, and come to conclusions about what we’ve seen on the cruise, and how it connects to data from previous years and other known data on the Pacific Ocean. Yet what continues to astonish me is how little we knew before and still don’t know now. I sat down with Jan the other day, and most of what he said was “great question, no one knows the answer.” He’s offered more sources for me to read, and the data and predictions they provide never quite fit the data we’ve collected on this trip. Despite all the oceanographic research that’s been done in the Pacific, there is still much we don't know about the ocean in PIPA.
Before I got here, I never really thought that all of us would get so close with just a few weeks at sea. But it seems like we’ve been out here forever, and it feels like I can hardly remember what life was like before I got on board. I’ve never felt so close with a group of people, and I’m confident I’ve made many lifelong friends that I hope to see again in the future. These experiences will change you, and we’ve all come a long way in these six weeks.
Seth, Brandon, Aaron, Ben: I can’t wait to see you guys!
Ted’s mom: Ted says hi!