SEA Currents: plastics
November 28, 2014
Plastic, plastic, and more plastic
Hello to all the readers of the C256 blog! This is Nick Dragone, one of the two visiting scientists on this= transatlantic crossing. I am onboard to work on a collaborative project studying the microbial communities living on marine plastic debris. After reading this blog post, I hope you will understand a little more about the collaborative ship-wide effort that is required every day to perform the research that I, Annie (my fellow visiting scientist), the students, and the faculty are conducting onboard.
November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving - Where art thou?
Today, as our taffrail log passed the 1530 nautical mile mark, we reached the island of Dominica, our first port stop! Just kidding, we still have over 1400 miles to go, but today was just as exciting as any port stop. Though today is American Thanksgiving in the real world, here on the boat we’ll be having “Local Apparent Thanksgiving” on Saturday, so for us aboard the Cramer, today was just a normal day.
November 26, 2014
An eXXpedition on The Sea Dragon
After following our blog for the last week, you may be wondering why there’s an icon of an “XX” running nearly parallel to the SSV Corwith Cramer cruise track. This is, in fact, another science research voyage, eXXpedition, sailing across the Atlantic to Martinique, and on a very similar cruise track to the Corwith Cramer The Sea Dragon is a 72ft steel hulled sailing vessel built in the UK in 2000. She is one of 11 yachts built for the Global Challenge Race – one of the longest, most demanding ocean voyages ever made. Now run by Pangaea Explorations to carry out scientific research, the Sea Dragon has a crew of 14 female scientists, sailors, and conservationists onboard, on a mission to understand in more detail how environmental and specifically ocean toxins affect women’s health.
November 17, 2014
Greetings Wildlife Enthusiasts
Our first full day on the water got off to one impressive start! Dawn greeted an eager morning shift B-Watch, and we offered our salute by raising more sail and shaking out the reef in the mains’l, edging out another precious few knots. Our local whaling historian, Ger Tysk, was chuffed (after being rudely pulled out of her bunk) at the sighting of a pair of sperm whales around 1030. They were identified by the low, forward raked spout.
July 18, 2014
Microplastics in ocean causing rising concern amongst leading scientists
Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
This is the view of two of the world’s most eminent authorities on the subject, Professor Kara Lavender Law, of Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA), and Professor Richard Thompson of Plymouth University (UK).
In an article published today in the journal Science, the two scientists have called for urgent action to “turn off the tap” and divert plastic waste away from the marine environment.
June 24, 2014
C253 Web Blog - 24 June 2014
Liz Carter here, super excited its finally my turn for the blog! Life on the boat has been absolutely, completely, and entirely amazing. I cannot express in words how incredible this experience has been (but maybe I will make an attempt with interpretive dance at our talent show..) It took quite a bit of settling in and adjusting to, but eventually everybody fell into the swing of things and life has been great ever since. We have all learned SO much and come SO far, its hard to believe whats been accomplished in just 24 short days.
May 02, 2014
C252 Web Blog - 02 May 2014
Bermuda is just beautiful and full with excitement. Even though is not as warm as back home, Bermuda is a mix of the beautiful tropical world and the dynamic seasonal patterns that exalt Nature’s beauty. Today we got the opportunity to visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science (BIOS) and got to talk with very interesting people. We learned about many of the seeds that travel floating around the ocean for a long time and sometimes reach Bermuda. Seeds that sometimes come from Costa Rica and even the Amazons in Brazil!
April 24, 2014
SEA Scientists estimate total mass of plastic particles littering North Pacific subtropical gyre
SEA Semester® undergraduates aid collection efforts informing plastic “garbage patch” studies in Pacific Ocean
An estimated 21,290 metric tons of plastic particles are currently floating in the North Pacific subtropical gyre, with a mass equivalent to 132 Boeing 747 airplanes or 120 blue whales. This estimate, the most complete and accurate evaluation of Pacific Ocean plastic pollution to date, comes from eleven years of plastic debris collection and the efforts of over 1,700 undergraduate students studying abroad with SEA Semester, operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.