SEA Currents: phoenix islands
August 12, 2015
Denison University Spotlights Phoenix Islands Summer Voyage
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Denison University Student Erica Schulz ‘17 Does Research with SEA Semester”
Denison University | Aug. 12, 2015
GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison University student Erica Schulz ’17 is sailing with the SEA Semester program aboard one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. The biology major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is gathering data that has the potential to make real and lasting contributions to the limited knowledge about one of the last remaining coral wilderness areas on Earth.
August 06, 2015
The Wake Up of All Wake Ups
This morning I was greeted with the wakeups of all wakeups.
When you live aboard a ship where everyone has a different schedule, setting any sort of alarm would just result in an alarm ringing every 30 minutes and no one would get any sleep at all. The solution to this is to have your fellow shipmates wake you up before watch or any all hands meeting. Today I was assistant steward, which meant that I got an extra two hours of sleep, and the pleasure of being awoken by my one and only Starboard Watch.
August 05, 2015
Land Ho! Nikumaroro.
Today we reached the last island on our voyage through the Phoenix Islands Protected Area: Nikumaroro. I woke up at around 11:30 and went up on deck to see and island covered with a dense canopy of coconut trees a little over 1 nautical mile away. The sky was overcast and the waves a little choppy but we were all excited to see a new place to explore. Unfortunately we could not go ashore today.
July 31, 2015
Many things have changed since we boarded the Robert C. Seamans. Our hair is lighter or in some cases shorter. Our skin is darker. Our hands are callused. We now know the names of all the sails on the ship and how they are set and struck. People will never be able to watch Pirates of the Caribbean with us ever again without us muttering about which sails they are using and being plunged back into memories of the sea.
July 30, 2015
Lookout is a trap.
I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s a secret that all the students on this ship keep and though this could be taken as an act of betrayal to my fellow peeps, I’m in desperate need of a good blog story. So here it is The Truth.
Lookout is a trap.
July 29, 2015
Effects of El Nino
As we sailed from Honolulu, we knew we were headed into a Pacific in the midst of an El Nino episode. During these episodes that occur every three to four years some unusual winds allow warm water from the extreme Western Pacific manages to flow toward the Americas. We are now in the middle of this pool of much warmer than usual water that, acting in conjunction with the atmosphere, rules our daily weather.
July 28, 2015
Pitzer Student’s Phoenix Islands Voyage in the Spotlight
SEA Semester® in the News:
“Pitzer Student Karl Kiser Sets Sail to Explore the Pacific”
Pitzer College | July 28, 2015
Pitzer College student Karl Kiser ’16 is spending the summer sailing on one of the first scientific research voyages to the Phoenix Islands, a largely unexplored region of the Pacific Ocean. Through an eight-week Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester summer program, Kiser and 21 classmates are gathering data that will help scientists and policymakers better understand one of the last remaining coral wildernesses on Earth.
July 27, 2015
Mauri From the Island of Orona!
We arrived in Orona last night during the evening watch (1900 - 2300). Unfortunately, since it was pitch black out, save for the light of the stars, we could not see the island very well. So by dawn, when the sun finally began to peak over the horizon, everyone on dawn watch was in awe of the beauty of the island. From a distance, we could see an atoll full of trees and uninhabited by people since the early 2000s. After an all hands meeting after breakfast, it was decided that those who were on the dawn watch were allowed to be part of the first group to go ashore, which meant me!
July 24, 2015
Blue is her color
Blue is the color of the woman who controls the winds,
The winds that blow fiercely, churning the midnight blue waves that crash the bow,
The bow that splits the midnight waters from the sapphire blue sky that is the canvas of the winds,
The winds that bring her tales of wonder past the twinkling stars,
The stars that shine their light on both her and me,
Me who looks out over the wide, separating expanse, thinking about the woman whose color is blue.
July 23, 2015
Witnessing Kanton Island
This has been an amazing and exciting experience thus far. The work is tough, but days like today make it all worthwhile. Today I stepped foot on Kanton Island for the first time with some of my shipmates. We explored part of the island that still carries ruins of relatively recent human occupation. This used to be an airfield for PanAm airlines, as well as a hotel site, and some of the remains are still on the island.