SEA Currents: megafauna
June 17, 2015
Clean Teeth and Dolphins
Just a few hours ago, I began my daily routine of brushing my teeth on deck. I sat on the aft port deck boxes, facing the sun and the wind. As I began to brush my teeth, not more than 5 feet away from me, in a cresting wave, a dolphin slid to the top of the water, its fin and dorsal side clearly visible. As I stood up and shipmates pointed and ooh-ed and ah-ed, the dolphin cleared the water twice more with graceful leaps, all the while maintaining a parallel path to the ship. How else could I describe this moment than as magical (and orally hygienic)?
June 13, 2015
Whales, Dolphins, Field Day, and Aloft
After sailing last night through a dense fog, we safely made it through iceberg alley and began yet another busy day aboard Cramer. We also lost another hour of sleep last night as we have moved into a different time zone. B Watch (aka Birthday Watch, aka Killer B’s) began the day on morning watch from 0700 to 1300. Not long after taking the deck, we saw spouts in the distance and our deck wash was briefly delayed as we watched whales.
June 11, 2015
The Great Pin Chase
Day 8 at sea and life could not be more different than from home. Yesterday the fog rolled back in and it has remained pretty dense ever since, aside from a few precious moments of sunshine breaking through. Last night A Watch had the evening watch from 1900-2300 but unfortunately the wind shut off and we had to turn the engine back on (and unfortunately the fog horn with it). Mack (the first mate) had us take down the Jib Tops’l (JT) on our own as the fog rolled in like walls all around us and limited our visibility to several feet.
June 10, 2015
Our Most Amazing Moments…Thus Far
Today is a beautiful and unique day, as every day is on the Cramer. This morning the stars were amazing; I really can’t find sufficient words to describe them. The sky was incredibly dark and clear and the stars shone brighter than ever before. I have never seen something as beautiful in my life.
June 09, 2015
Safety drill: Oscar has been saved
Today marks the sixth day at sea for us here aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer. It has been a lovely day filled with sunshine and plenty of smiles as the last of us have finally reached the end of our sea sickness. For C watch, our day started last night on our watch from 1900-2300. We were amazed by one of the most beautiful sunsets you could imagine, which several people said looked like it was painted across the sky.
June 05, 2015
We’ve been motorsailing into the eye of the wind throughout the night. It’s a light easterly, but Captain Rick predicts it will shift to the north soon enough. We’ve seen our last land before Ireland. After napping all morning, I came above deck to a clear, sunny sky and news of several whale sightings.
The morning report from Raquel: “It was really cold and grey for a good part of the morning. Then the sun came out and made the water a really nice blue, and six pilot whales came up for breath all in succession and swimming in a line.
May 19, 2015
What a Wonderful Day
Good evening! …Or rather, good morning!
This final blog at sea for Cramer class C-259 is being co-written by Anthony and Helena, who happened to be both the Junior Watch Officer and Junior Lab Officer in the same day. It is 0330 in the morning and we have now been up for 21 hours; we have had two standing watches since waking and, oh boy, what a wonderful day.
May 12, 2015
Finding our sea legs again
I am so happy to be back at sea and moving again. While Bermuda was amazing, standing on the bow of a ship when it is not moving is just not quite the same. Since being back on the ship we have started up policy classes again with Tiffany and changed the watch officers and assistant scientists assigned to watches. B watch being the designated “weird” watch was so excited to be reunited once again on the ship that we immediately freaked out our new watch officer with our shenanigans.
February 27, 2015
Passage to Wellington
Life teems and excitement stirs as our passage to Wellington nears an end. Today, we headed south into the productive, Chatham Rise waters to obtain a little more data and information on what lives and thrives in the colder southerly current. Thanks to those extra few degrees of south latitude, we encountered swarming albatross aplenty, (who seem to know the ins and outs of the waves better than Mama Seamans herself) a few seals, basking and fishing in the chilly water; and even a glimpse of a pair of pilot whales, mother and child, lumbering by.
February 24, 2015
Opening the Pool
I miss everyone back on land very dearly, and I’ve got pictures of all of you (including the dogs) hanging in my bunk for when I get sad at night, but fear not, I’m having an incredible time here. Yesterday, I had one of the most majestic moments of my life. Shortly after seeing a rainbow off St. Croix, a few shipmates and I climbed out onto the bowsprit to furl the jib. As Marissa and I looked below us, we saw a dolphin riding along with the boat right below us.