SEA Currents: Robert C. Seamans
April 07, 2019
What a Day at Sea
200 miles off the coast of NZ; International Waters!
Well today was field day, and for all of you who instantly thought of elementary school races and water balloon fights, think again! Field day is a day of cleaning the whole ship (which we do every day) but more! After a 6 hour watch 07:00 to 13:00 I was not excited for this field day and just wanted to go to bed, instead I found the energy super high and positive. It was a relief to be able to listen to music and made such an amazing environment to do an enormous task in. In one part of the ship you could hear Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”, and then in another part Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”…what a time it was. And to top it off, I broke in the deck shower under a beautiful sky and albatross circling the boat.
One realization of today was that ocean research is not easy. The Chief Scientist and I spent a solid hour and a half deploying a carousel of bottles meant to collect water samples at different depths down to 1000 meters and back up. When the gear was aboard we noticed none of the bottles had fired and therefore no samples were collected…I was extremely sad about this because no bottles means no pH and alkalinity data (which is my project). Yet we just had to take a step back and acknowledge that these things happen and we must make the most out of our situation. Things happen and we will try again tomorrow.
On another note, I think I can talk for everybody when I say that we have already experienced many new things. The fact that we were cleaning today jamming out to 90s rock in the middle of the ocean blew my mind and continues to. The sight of the Milky Way at the 01:00 to 07:00 is truly a sight I never thought I would experience. So many experiences I really appreciate and only 27 more days of this, it will go fast (and so will the nut butter.)
Shout out to all my loved ones at home, I am doing wonderful and am so grateful for this experience!
- Ally Nestler, C Watch, Warren Wilson College