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January 01, 2018

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 11 (At sea, Puerto Rico)

SEA Semester

Zoya Buckmire, of St. George’s University in Grenada, talks completing her final academic assignments and Caribbean Reef Expedition’s conclusion in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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January 01, 2018

Spontaneous Shipeks

Kasey Jones, A Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

It was a bright and beautiful day in paradise today! Off in the distance, the island of Culebra was appearing in the distance through fog. If the plan works accordingly, Culebra is our snorkeling stop for a bit of fun exploring in the Caribbean waters…fingers crossed!

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December 31, 2017

The Final Miles of 2017

Carlos and Sean, C watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

After a long night of watch with varying weathers, people woke up to the sound of the infamous triangle that Grady plays to mark that breakfast is served. Some managed to wake up for pancakes and sausages while others had dreams that can only occur when on the high seas. Once people finished eating and managed to wake up, they went topside to a chill breeze that made it pleasant to stay on deck. Some people focused on work, others worked on their journals, and some caught a glimpse of flying fish alongside the ship’s hull.

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December 30, 2017

First Day of Sailing!

Tyler, Quinn and Ed, B Watch, Penn State

Penn State at SEA

We made it through our first night aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. We were all assigned an hour for anchor watch throughout the night. Anchor watch consists of making sure our position in the San Juan harbor did not move.

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December 25, 2017

Caribbean Reef Expedition: Week 10 (At sea, Barbuda)

SEA Semester

Gretchen Beehler, of Purdue University, describes snorkeling the coral reefs around Barbuda as part of SEA Semester’s Caribbean Reef Expedition.

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December 22, 2017

Bitter Sweet

Gretchen Beehler, C-watch, Purdue University

Caribbean Reef Expedition

We have spent the last couple of days sailing our way to Puerto Rico. Last night was our last dawn watch for C-watch and the last watch we will ever have on this boat L. Dawn watch is always difficult but we kept ourselves awake with puppy chow and just making each other laugh. After six hours of making up songs and just being loopy, all our dreams came true when at 0640 a bunch of dolphins came to play in our ship’s wake!

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December 21, 2017

Fair Winds Salps, Secchi, and S-276

Sarah Zephier, A Watch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Global Ocean

Today is the day, we set sail but this time not on a six-week adventure in the South Pacific, but instead we set sail back home, returning to our universities, transferring to new universities or starting Basic Training. No matter where we are going, we, the students of S-276, will always be taking the memories and experiences with us in ways we have never known coming into this before.

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December 21, 2017

Styrocast

Ryan Betters, C Watch, Grinnell College

Caribbean Reef Expedition

“Wire ready!” I shout as I stand by the hydrowinch and prepare to lower two pantyhose stuffed with decorated Styrofoam cups into the ocean. It may not sound like it, but our last science deployment of the voyage is quite an emotional event. Students and crew alike spent the last day adorning their own cups with depictions of various sea creatures, coral reefs, beautiful Caribbean sunsets, and treasured memories from our journey

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December 19, 2017

Anchor Watch Reflections

Lindsey Call, B-watch, Amherst College

The Global Ocean

Hey there!

Lindsey here, reporting from the deck of the good Robert C. Seamans and fresh from lone 2200-2300 anchor watch. It was a quiet watch tonight- today marks the end of all of our schoolwork with a final round of research presentations, and the students are finally free from the stress of getting those last few leadership journal entries written down and the final paragraphs of their MHC paragraphs reviewed and edited.

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December 18, 2017

Track Tramping & Christmas Spirit

Kaylee Pierson, C Watch, Sewanee University

The Global Ocean

With Christmas decorations up in the galley, cookies being decorated, and the hum of “Winter Wonderland” being sung, I’m feeling the holiday spirit even in the New Zealand summer heat! As finals week (loose use of the term here, just look at the photo from yesterday) comes to an end, everyone on board is in high spirits and soaking up all the goodness of life on board the Robert C. Seamans.

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