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April 29, 2016

Food from the Sea!

Patorn Sangruchi, B Watch, Chulalongkorn University.

Ocean Exploration

On Robert C. Seamans, we make a habit of dangling a fishing line at the ship’s stern when the condition and weather allows. Though the ocean looks empty from above, given for the occasional seagulls and petrels, we were able to fish out a myriad of sea creatures for our meals.

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April 28, 2016

Sail Handling & Poetry

Amanda Jacobsen, C-Watch, Connecticut College

Ocean Exploration

We are two days into our Junior Watch Officer/ Junior Lab Officer (JWO/JLO) phase today. A mixture of nervous and excited feelings have been circulating as we prepare to take control of the daily operations of the ship and the lab. It’s been really exciting to see myself and my classmates step into this role and see how we all support each other and work together to figure things out.

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April 27, 2016

Junior Watch Officer Begins

Patrick Finn, Second Mate, Bosun.

Ocean Exploration

We are now edging near French Polynesia. Having entered the Sub-Tropics, the crew has been enjoying the first day of hot humid air. Alpha Watch took the deck this morning with negligible winds, and near glassy seas. Around us danced motley grey clouds teasing us with promise of winds, only to envelope the ship in a uniform misty rain. By mid-morning these misting clouds had burned off to reveal a clear blue sky and bright hot sun. Everyone on deck liberally applied sunscreen to their fair skins that have recently been so used to cooler latitudes.

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April 26, 2016

Whales!

Jaeger Hodge, C-Watch, University of Southern California

Ocean Exploration

I woke up at 0600 to Charlotte’s soothingly sweet voice quietly repeating my name. I slid open my curtain of my bunk to see her face peering in with the soft light of dawn. She proceeded to tell me every detail of the weather and what I should anticipate for my watch. I slowly made my way up to deck, as I always do in the mornings, to find that it was quite cloudy and drizzling. I didn’t hesitate to put on my foul weather jacket to prepare for my 6 hour watch.

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April 25, 2016

SEA Change

Siri McGuire, A Watch, Wesleyan University

Ocean Exploration

The day is finally here- the day I get to send my one virtual message in a bottle to the outside world through this post. I’m assuming the outside world still exists, though after weeks and weeks of the staring out into the open ocean, I sometimes have my doubts. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to best give a snippet of life here, though on the ship, “here” is an interesting concept because “here” is constantly changing.

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April 23, 2016

Galley Report

Lauren Heinen, Steward

Ocean Exploration

Hello all.  This is Lauren, the steward. I have the pleasure of serving up your kids/siblings/friends 6 meals a day. And what a group of eaters they are.  I revel in the enthusiasm they have for every single thing that is served to them. What’s morning snack? Oranges?? ORANGES!!!!!!! I’m convinced that it’s a conspiracy to keep me happy.

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April 22, 2016

Homage to Sea and The Seaman’s

Tristan Thamm, B Watch, Gap Year

Ocean Exploration

I wake up with a bright twinkle of confusion, buzzing and fluttering around my head as a quiet petite voice interrupts my deep savory slumber. A groan is an acceptable response as long as the person is doing the waking knows I am awake. As try to yank myself from my cozy warm pillow that is gently rocking me back to sleep with each sway like a mother cradles a baby back to my mind wanders and convinces me to take a few more moments to think of my day to come.

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April 21, 2016

Countdown

Gabriel Rodriguez, C Watch, Colorado College

Ocean Exploration

The countdown is on. For weeks now we have been watching our longitude decrease as we have made our way east from the Chatham Islands. As we near the longitude of Tahiti, our focus is shifting to the ever so slowly decrease latitude. The turn north is on everybody’s mind. North means switching out fowl weather gear and beanies, for tank tops and sunscreen. While no one is in any rush for this voyage to end, a tropical climate sounds incredible after several weeks of the Roaring Forties.

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April 20, 2016

The Big Picture

Amanda Quasunella, A watch, Albion College

Ocean Exploration

We are approaching the halfway point of the trip, which is insane to think about. Roughly 19 days have passed since we boarded the ship in Lyttelton, New Zealand and so much has happened. Each day has brought about new adventures, a wealth of knowledge, and indescribable experiences. I think that’s the hardest part about sitting down and writing this blog.

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April 19, 2016

The Shadow Phase

Charlotte Lynch, B watch, College of William and Mary

Ocean Exploration

Well, life continues to progress here aboard the Seamans. And what a lovely life it is. We have had some cloud covering move in recently, but between the clouds, the stars, moon and the sun continue to be dazzling, and, I must say, the clouds themselves are pretty spectacular as well. We also have stupendous food, and it continues to get warmer as we continue towards Tahiti!

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