SEA Currents: polynesia.
June 01, 2018
She is still sailing on a peaceful ocean with all of her members taking care of her. On the science deck, we have scientists deploying the Neuston Net trying to capture at least a side of this mysterious ocean. On the starboard side, we have student crew members trying to haul the halyard.
May 31, 2018
The learning never ends
Hello from the Robert C Seamans class 280. My name is Nat; I am an incoming sophomore at University of San Diego, originally from Oahu.
Today was day two of our four day voyage between Rangiroa and Caroline Island. My day started with a breakfast of sausage, plantain pancakes, rice, and fried eggs. Then I stood watch with my watch team at 0700. For this watch, I was stationed in the lab, where we had four deployments and two surface samples.
May 30, 2018
Most oceanographers’ biggest dream is to have something named after them. That dream came true for me and just in time for my 22nd birthday. On this beautiful voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii, I am looking at concentrations of microplastics near corals reefs and comparing them to concentrations found in the open ocean.
May 29, 2018
Anchored at Rangiroa
Today we stayed within the beautiful Rangiroa islands the whole day and conducted our first real Reef Survey! We were divided into three separate snorkeling groups based on our Watch, and each Watch group is divided into Coral Team, Fish Team and Invertebrate Team.
May 28, 2018
Today we arrived at Rangiroa. The journey here was not so simple, however!
We diligently navigated our path to Rangiroa, spotting it from afar during our 11-3 Midwatch shift.
May 27, 2018
Working up an appetite
Today I was assistant steward (chef’s assistant). I say chef and not cook, because every meal is better than excellent. We eat 3 full meals that always include fresh greens & vegetables, and fruits. In addition to those meals, we have 3 snacks.
May 26, 2018
Essential Training Continues
Today we begin to make way toward our next destination, Rangiroa. However, before we are ready to do so there is still some training to be done.
May 24, 2018
Safety Training and Setting Sail
Today we set sail from Papeete, Tahiti; a momentous occasion. The moment we have all been waiting for, planning for, dreaming of these past many months
full of anticipation and preparation. We were escorted offshore by several species of seabirds, marking our first oceanographic observations of the cruise; and we all watched admired the shifting ocean colors; from hues of green in the harbor to the deep blues of the tropical Pacific.
May 23, 2018
Pacific Reef Expedition Begins!
Welcome to Pacific Reef Expedition (PRX) - cruise S280 onboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans!
Today we welcomed onboard our new shipmates - 21 students from across the United States and from around the world. Everyone’s excitement is palpable as they begin their life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans.
May 07, 2018
Local Apparent Goodbye
We, class S-278, have reached our final day here on the SSV Robert C. Seamans. And what a day it has been! This morning, we anchored in Moorea, an island so insanely beautiful it adorns the French Polynesian currency. After a long day of scrubbing the boat, we were rewarded with a swim call. Amongst the stark mountains and intermittent downpour, our lives hardly felt real.
And that has been a common theme throughout this trip — beauty, emotions, and experiences that are so rich and complex that they defy reality itself.