SEA Currents: oceanography
Continuing Our Intellectual Voyage!
Today, all 25 of us woke up bright and early at 7:30 A.M. and started our day! During our daily watch meetings, we learned a new bend, which is when you tie two pieces of ropes together, called the Sheet Bend. Then, we started our academic day with Dan the man’s Oceans and Societies class, where we learned about the relationship between slavery in the Caribbean and the ocean, along with the history behind slavery itself.
Education At Sea
Today we woke up to Sabrina’s amazing blueberry muffins and turkey sausage. Then we made sandwiches for lunch and the first group left for the Zephyr boat trip. On the boat, the first group was able to use various oceanographic equipment to observe the oceans. We used a dredge to collect benthic organisms. We collected and observed sea urchins, sea stars, sea snails, a few hermit crabs, coral, and a few scallops. We also collected and observed plankton. We went back to shore and traded with the second group. We went back to the Zephyr building and played with the topographic sand.
Geology, Over Fishing, and a Navigation Challenge
Today marked the last day of classes during our first week, with everyone excited for the free day on Sunday. After eating our cereal, we learned all about the Bowline Knot, a highly useful knot often used on ships. It is a deceptively simple knot that took the group several attempts to properly learn. We headed up to Madden Center to take our classes for the day. First up was our introduction to Geological Oceanography. Our teacher, Jess, began by teaching us all about plate tectonics. We learned about the history behind the discovery of ocean ridges, ocean trenches, and continental drift.
Special Thanks to Ben Harden
We started the day with English muffins filled with cheese, ham, and eggs, and immediately got to work on our chores. After cleaning, we grouped into our watches and learned the square (or reef) knot, as well as the slip knot equivalent. When we had all mastered the new knot, we headed up to the Madden center for our Oceanography lesson.
SEASCape Session 1 Begins!
Today was day 1 of SEASCape session 1! 28 students arrived this afternoon, from all over the US and International. After checking in, we held orientation and students got their first taste of life in our little Woods Hole community. Sabrina cooked us a delicious dinner, after which all students returned to the Madden Center for an overview of the two classes they will be participating in this summer.