SEA Currents: c277
March 05, 2018
Serenity on the High Seas
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I’m certainly not the most religious fish in the sea, but since embarking on this larger-than-life voyage across hundreds of miles of tough-loving waters, the Serenity Prayer has become my mantra.
March 03, 2018
We just completed our fastest port stop yet from Great Inagua. Greeted with the most beautiful Caribbean blue seas, we anchored among a shining sun and calm sea. As the guest whale person aboard, I am thrilled to say we saw one lonesome dolphin before the rest of the day was set into motion.
March 02, 2018
Art Gallery Day
Hello friends and family,
As an assistant steward, I was not asked to stand watch with my group yesterday. Instead I was woken up at 5:30 to help with breakfast. Even when Ger and I prepared three snacks and two more meals, I enjoyed of a lot of free time during the daylight hours which allowed me to help with marine mammal surveys and appreciate the spectacle given by Mother Nature for as long as it lasted. As we retrieved the hydrophone from the water, the broadcast of whale songs slowly vanished, marking the end of our time at Silver Bank.
March 01, 2018
I’m here with a special bonus blog post today because I couldn’t imagine not sharing even though I wasn’t signed up to write today. Every day on board the Cramer is a full and crazy day, but today felt even more so. We had shorter watches last night due to being anchored, so I got more sleep than usual, which is lucky because otherwise I don’t think I’d be upright right now.
March 01, 2018
Silver Bank Musings
It’s the first day of March and we’re sailing under a long-awaited full moon. There is not a cloud in the sky, and the lack of any inhibition over the moon casts the most beautiful silver glistening over the sea’s rolling surface. I remember exactly where I was the last time I stared at a full moon. It was four weeks ago.
February 28, 2018
Study Abroad Changed Me
Let me start off by saying that it is true; studying abroad really does enable you to get out of your comfort zone and practice those foreign language skills that you have been so diligently grooming since elementary school. Today, I can finally say with pride that all my years of studying, I have finally achieved communication status with the whales.
February 27, 2018
The Green Flash!!
My day began during Midwatch 2300-0300 (11:00 pm on the 26th- 3:00 am on the 27th) where I spent a majority of this four-hour watch posted as the lookout at the bow of the ship. As lookout, my role was to scan the surrounding ocean and horizon for anything alarming that could affect the ship’s current heading. For example, this includes any boats nearby or incoming weather patterns.
February 26, 2018
Home Is Where The Boat Is!
I am MJ Fernandez the Teaching Assistant for C-277. This weekend has been extremely exciting because I had the amazing opportunity to show the students and crew around one of my favorite parts of my home Island. I was born and raised in Dominican Republic and I am constantly talking about DR and how much I love it…as all the students probably discovered during our shore component.
February 26, 2018
Dominican Republic Foodways
One of the most exciting things about coming into a new port is stepping out into a new culture and sampling new food traditions. Aboard Cramer, we have so far stuck to foods that are fairly familiar to our students. American staples like spaghetti, chocolate chip cookies, and chicken breast are easy transition foods for stomachs unused to rough weather and high seas.
February 24, 2018
All in a day’s work… and then some.
Our first full day in Samana greeted us with early morning thunderstorms, reprieved by a tangerine sunrise glow against the passing clouds and developing into a double rainbow under mostly blue skies. An early morning provisioning run to the local market by Steward Ger and a few students yielded some much appreciated fresh fruits and a chance to experience what buying local in the Dominican Republic means.