Our First Night at Sea

Good morning from the SSV Tole Mour!  Getting used to everything moving isn’t easy – even standing still takes effort – but we are all getting our sea legs and enjoying sailing the beautiful Channel Islands.    We’ve seen sea lions, flying fish, dolphins, pelicans, cormorants, and some fantastic floating seaweeds.

Students have now stood watch through their first full night at sea.  As part of watch, they are setting and striking sails under the direction of the captain and mates, steering, completing boat checks, standing lookout, plotting our position on the chart, and making scientific measurements.  Today we will complete our first oceanographic Super Station, and with any luck we will bring back a sediment sample from the seafloor and measure the properties of the water column to better understand the geological, physical, and chemical controls on life in these waters.

Fair Winds,

Lisa Gilbert, Associate Professor of Geosciences & Marine Science

Andrew and Hannah sampling the surface waters
C watch striking headsails on the bowsprit as the sun rose over the ocean.

Author: williamsmystic

A one semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, environmental policy, and literature of the sea.

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