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May 05, 2016
Out on the Town
While the last few days have been balmy, I think most of us are glad to be in port today. Winds are gusting and the sky is dark. Behind us, the professional oceanographic research vessel Atlantic Explorer has pulled into the dock, cutting their sampling expedition short for the weather.
May 04, 2016
Caves, Cliffs, and Mangrove Crabs
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer.
Today was our third day docked in St. George Bermuda. Today was scheduled as a free day for students. With no activities planned, it was an opportunity for students to do some exploring of this cool little island. Myself and a group of others (buddy system!) decided to strike out and explore some hikes around the island.
May 03, 2016
What do Bats, Gliders, Plastics, and Fish have in common? BIOS!
Greeting and Salutations!
Another very full day we had! Starting off this morning we made our way over to near to the airport to BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science). From BIOS we met with JP who was a major proponent in their outreach program.
May 02, 2016
Even when we’re off the ship, it’s impossible to pry our group away from the seaside. This morning was dedicated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ). We gazed at tropical fishes, sea turtles, and corals until our hearts were content, then wandered around the zoo. At the zoo, we were able to catch a glimpse of wallabies, ancient Galapagos tortoises, sleepy fossa and many other creatures.
May 01, 2016
Welcome to Bermuda!
We finally made it! After a solid ten days of sailing, we docked in Bermuda this morning around 9am. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that seeing Bermuda was a foreign experience, in more ways than one. Since docking, we’ve tidied up the boat, went over guidelines for port call, and finally were let outside the confines of the hundred feet of the Cramer for the first time in a week and a half.
April 29, 2016
TGIF, Safety Drills and Apple Pie!
Greetings from the Cramer!
Is it Friday already? It seems like just yesterday we were leaving Puerto Rico. Time is flying by! Today my watch stood morning watch, bright and early at 0700. Marina and I started extracting eel larvae DNA at the start of watch this morning. I don’t think I can say that I have ever done science as early as that! But the routine of watch rotation seems to have become very natural and I almost don’t even notice when I am still up at 0300 for dawn watch.
April 28, 2016
Big Science Push!!!!!!!
Hey Everyone!!! We have made it to the North Sargasso Sea. It has been science all day today for me. A-Watch (my watch team) started our day of with a presentation on the coral reefs that are present in Bermuda from our visiting professor, Dr. Robbie Smith. I also got to work in the lab this morning during my watch, we completed a 100 count of the midnight Neuston net tow, and I got to do my first morning deployment of our CTD and Neuston net.
April 27, 2016
Hello from the crew of the Cramer! Today has been incredibly productive (and slightly depressing). During the twilight hours, students and staff were efficiently picking away at the catch hauled in the sampling nets that we tow next to the boat. Unfortunately, they counted a record number of plastic pieces for this cruise, a total of 156.
April 26, 2016
The Great SSV Corwith Cramer Line Chase!
Hello to all on land and greetings from the Southern Sargasso Sea! As we head into our second week here on the Cramer, we are all getting into our routines and keeping very busy with our work. We are working around the clock on our watches to take care of the Cramer as she carries us north while deploying our science gear and collecting samples for our research.
April 25, 2016
Mike Oscar November Delta Alpha Yankee
The Sargassum is back! Kind of. Today we found the most Sargassum on the whole trip thus far, but it still wasn’t a whole lot. We wanted to take advantage of the find, so we were hove to all the way until class time at 1400. We got plenty of samples, and they are now being processed. Since being hove to means not too much action of the watch crew on deck, we decided to practice some celestial navigation.