Today, almost all of the crew of the Cramer left our anchored position off
of Appledore Island to explore the campus of Shoals Marine Lab, whose coordinators work closely with SEA. The entire island is a gull colony, meaning that seagulls were surrounding our exploration of the trails and facilities. One part of the field trip was learning about Shoals' undergrad research projects, which are supported by both Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.
To finish out our day, we visited a more protected tidal pool on the coast of the island, which we waded into in search of marine wildlife. While we were at the pool, Theo and Andy skipped rocks across the water. Jai went exploring on larger rocks further out with two friends. Solange practiced for the marching band, and Cherry was analyzing the effect of erosion and displacement using large rocks. Crabs trembled in fear as Sasha and Avery flipped rocks over in search of these scared little beasts. Logan explored the rocks farther ashore, as well as some seaweed and grasses. If you are following our journey, you will know that we made a new friend yesterday (Pip the Land Bird). After building heartfelt connections with this adorable little bird, we sadly said goodbye as he found a new home on the Isles of Shoals. We will never forget the times we spent together, the butter and water we fed him, and the slapping that occurred on the science deck.
The rest of the day was spent working on our oceanography projects, as we dug through data collected on our trip so far. A Watch is focusing on the plankton found within the Neuston net, and the impacts of different levels of salinity, depth, and temperatures.
Tonight, we're anchored off of Appledore Island, and plan to set course tomorrow. We've had a great day of exploring and can't wait for even more tomorrow.
As said so profoundly by Pip before he left, "Tweet tweet, peck, tweet".
A Watch - Andy, Avery, Cherry, Jai, Logan, Sasha, and Solange