Position: 24 21.9’N x 083 18.6’W
Heading: 306 degrees T
Speed: 7.6 knts
Weather: NE Force 4
2 February 2012
Hello from the Corwith Cramer! The Williams-Mystic Spring ’12 class is currently southwest of Key West and we have logged 101.6 miles at sea thus far. It is sunny, with few clouds and 27.5 degrees Celsius. We are sailing at a speed of 4.6 knots with the main and squares set, and grateful for 15 knot winds from the southeast.
The past 12 hours have been busy. The students assigned to deck watch have kept us sailing along smoothly and the students in the science lab have been busy collecting data. At midnight the students of A watch in the science lab- Omer, Taylor, Karen, and Emanuel – deployed the neuston net. The net was pulled through the surface waters for half an hour, sparkling with bioluminescence.
B watch relieved A watch at 0300. The students in lab during this watch were Connor, Nicole, Meg and Ariel. They sorted through the midnight sample collected by A watch. Some exciting organisms found in the sample were Vellela vellela (a jelly-like surface animal), a pteropod (type of pelagic snail), euphausids (a type of shrimp), small larval fish, and sargassum seaweed.
Right now C watch is on duty and Bianca, Lara and Carly are working in the science lab. They have been conducting hourly water sampling stations (“hourlies”) since their watch started at 0700. Carly tossed a bucket over the side to collect water (of course, with a rope attaching it to the ship so we don’t lose it!). Once the bucket was on deck, Bianca dipped a YSI meter into the bucket and determined that the water is 24.2 degrees C and 36.1 psu (warm and salty!). C watch was punctuated by an excellent mid-morning snack from the stewards-warm blueberry muffins served on the quarterdeck.
Those are only a few of the highlights from the science lab from the past 12 hours. Next time we’ll share more about what the students have been learning as they stand deck watches, keeping the ship sailing smoothly through the night and day as the science watches have been making discoveries about the sea.
– WM Crew