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March 04, 2016

A Day in Paradise

Katie Morrison, Sewanee: The University of the South

SEA Semester Caribbean

Helloooooooo (in a long deep whale voice), and whalecome to life on the Cramer at Silver Bank. Today was by far the most amazing day, as expected, at sea. For me, Katie Morrison, the day started dark and early at 0300, just like any other watch would as we handled sails, stood look out, steered the ship, ate cookies, and took care of the other responsibilities that are required to be a super salty sailor. However, we weren’t just going anywhere, we were on our way to see humpback whales.

March 03, 2016

Holy Shipek

Kianee De Jesus, Hamilton College

SEA Semester Caribbean

Whales are cool.

But Colonial Phytoplankton are cooler. On the Cramer (and in life in general) science is always happening! Today just south of Silver Bank, in the lovely Greater Antilles area, we did so much science. From late in the night to late in the afternoon we had a few whale sightings: there were some blows, some fin slaps, some whale songs, and, of course, just a few beautiful breaches.

March 02, 2016

Off To See More Whales We Go!

Hailey Mischler, Ripon College

SEA Semester Caribbean

Hello Everyone! Today we said goodbye to the beautiful Samana, Dominican Republic. We are now headed towards Cuba but will be making a stop at Silver Bank for about at night to observe some whales! Samana was great while it lasted.  During my port stop exploration time I walked around town and browsed local shops with my shipmates, and hiked to a small island park by crossing over an old bridge.

March 01, 2016

Exploration Day in Samana

Catie Williams, Carleton College

SEA Semester Caribbean

Hello friends and family! Today we had the whole day to explore Samana and work on our research projects.  We started out bright and early with our usual breakfast schedule, and then we all packed our bags and got ready to go ashore for the day. Our lovely mates and scientists scheduled periodic boat runs all day when they would shuttle groups of us ashore or back to the Cramer.

February 29, 2016

Leapin’ through Samana because we wanna

Michelle Joseph, American University

SEA Semester Caribbean

Happy Leap Year, friends and family back home! Today was our second day anchored in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. Yesterday we remained on board, however today we spent a long day out exploring this island. Our day began with a beautiful sunrise and some delicious pancakes that Maddie assisted on, followed by several tours throughout different areas of Samana. Our fantastic tour guide Wilfredo Benjamin Kelly accompanied us all day and taught us about the history of the town (we learned that the majority of the people of Samana have English last names because of the diverse cultures represented).

February 28, 2016

A Great Day

Tess Saburn, St. Michael’s College

SEA Semester Caribbean

Ahoy! Today started off with our lovely B watch bringing Mamma Cramer into Samana Bay. I was on dishes, but above deck there were whale sightings all around! Do not worry, there was still much excitement later in the day even after all of the whale action yesterday. This time, though, we were not the only spectators. There were whale watching boats all around. After the excitement of whales, and anchoring, it was time to prepare for our afternoon festivities.

February 27, 2016


Kathryn Condon, University of Michigan

SEA Semester Caribbean

After nearly four days on the open water, all aboard the Cramer have been getting used to the daily view: beautiful blue skies meeting beautiful blue seas, only with the occasional cruise or container ship breaking this sight. But this morning, all were on deck witnessing a change in the scenery: WHALES!

February 26, 2016

Sky Appreciation Day

Leah Kaplan, Wellesley College

SEA Semester Caribbean

The twelfth day of our voyage was backed by beautiful skies over the constant swells of the sea. I was up for the beginning of the sunrise at the closing of dawn watch after spending the hours in the lab learning about pteropods and conducting the midnight Neuston tow. We were also frequently distracted by the increasing depth of the sea floor as we made our way across the Puerto Rico Trench, with the deepest section of our voyage measuring 8187 meters on CHIRP, the ship’s acoustic depth sounder.

February 25, 2016

Water’s next?

Pam de Lange, De La Salle University Manila-Philippines

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

This was our first night sleeping on the boat while underway after being dockside in the charming beauty of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and being pretty much stationary for the past 2 days. Some of us were starting to get antsy to get back at sea because we were starting to get “land sick” to the point that we’d find ourselves on land suddenly walking or swaying like we would on the boat.

February 24, 2016

Probably the Best Day Ever

Cora Knauss, University of Washington

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Starting off the day, we were awoken at the usual 0600, ready for a day of exploration and departure from San Juan, Puerto Rico. My watch was tasked with cleaning the deck after breakfast, in true sailor fashion. By 0830 we were unleashed onto the streets of Old San Juan, in search of Wi-Fi, postcards, and a decent latte. Finding the latte first at a local shop recommended by our Chief Scientist, Jeff, a group of eight of us carried on towards one of the two old forts, El Morro, hoping to find postcards along the way.

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