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August 16, 2021

Colonies on Plastic

Becca Cox, Sophia Garms & Christina Netta, Wellesley College, St. Mary's College of Maryland & New York University

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The amount of human plastic debris in the ocean continues to rise as human production and consumption of plastic persists across the globe.

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August 06, 2021

The Last Blog Post

Kelsey Lane, Chief Scientist

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The final days of S-299 were a whirlwind. In the wee hours of July 5, the students successfully completed their mission; all watches worked together and accomplished navigating to and completing a neuston net tow at three CalCOFI sampling stations.

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August 04, 2021

Mission Accomplished!

Christina Netta, B Watch, New York University

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Hi all,


Today’s the day! Mission officially starts today as of morning watch, but as B Watch, we’ve got a special role: prep C watch to start mission, and to bring us all to the finish line. It just so happened that we had the honour of starting the day off with Dawn Watch and ending it with Evening Watch.

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August 02, 2021

Followed by a Finback

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I hardly know how to begin.have you ever seen something happen and, while you’re in the moment, while you’re witnessing it, you know that this, this is a thing that many, many people have never seen before, that this, this is a thing that you imagine you may never see again in my lifetime?

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August 01, 2021

Too many things to look at

Andrew Hoffman, C Watch, Bates College

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Now that we have come back into the California Current and gone past multiple marine sanctuaries, I find it very hard not to spend as much time as I can on deck.

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July 31, 2021

Not so Endless Horizons

Emily Matthews, A Watch, Washington and Lee University

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endless horizon
      a view for days, months, and weeks
this only I seek

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July 30, 2021

Toes in the sand

Nathan Miller, B Watch, Franklin and Marshall College

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Today was our relaxed full day anchored at Point Reyes. We’ve all had extra time to relax and reflect, our duties on watch consisting mostly of brief anchor checks, boat checks, and weather logging.

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July 29, 2021

We might hit land before we see it

Tadhg McKay, A Watch, Boston University

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LAC high has mostly worn off. Crew morale was probably the highest it has been all trip. It was a lot of fun seeing people covertly bustling about to make their secret sailor gifts, with some being more tight-lipped about who they had, and others enlisting the help of their friends for information and whatnot.

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July 26, 2021

Musings from Dawn Watch

Caleb Rosen, Teaching Assistant/Deckhand

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Happy Local Apparent Boxing Day!

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July 25, 2021

North Pacific Transition Zone, Headed to shore

Alexia Wagner, A Watch/ Roger Williams University

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Today is Local Apparent Christmaka! A watch had dawn watch this morning, and night watch tonight, so it was extremely temping to sleep through the whole day, but I’m so glad I didn’t. I am so grateful for the group that we have on this ship and the effort they put into arranging this holiday with very limited resources after the decision to have a Christmas in July was suggested only a few days ago.

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