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June 10, 2018
Christmas Island Coral Reef
Waking up today was different than the past 6 days. It was our first time seeing land since we departed Caroline Atoll! Upon our arrival, we were visited by the Kiribati Coastal Guard. They inspected our vessel and did all of our immigration papers.
June 08, 2018
Some of the most beautiful parts of sailing in the equatorial Pacific cannot be captured well on camera. On dawn and evening watch today I could see stars both above and below us. Above us the sky lights up with more stars than most of us students have ever seen.
June 06, 2018
If someone was to ask me, “What’s it like sailing on the open ocean?” I would respond with: Imagine you’re in a snow globe, with nothing but the ship, the people on the ship, and the current environment - disconnected from the outer world and in tune with your direct surroundings.
June 05, 2018
Oceanography Projects Underway
Hello SEA blog readers, my name is Sofia and I’m a student on this voyage, I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and am a rising Junior studying Environmental Science. I started my day bright and early by getting woken up at 2:30 am by my fellow shipmate Riley to stand dawn watch from 3am-7am.
June 04, 2018
Coral Reefs on the Rebound
Hello family, friends, and avid blog readers following our journey through the Pacific on this Pacific Reef Expedition! I’m Kelly; I’m a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara and former SEA crewmember. I’m thrilled that my path has crossed with SEA once again to join this expedition as a Coral Reef Specialist onboard the Seamans!
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 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 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.