Science Students Collect Research Aboard SSV Seamans

September 15th students enjoyed a day of mud, plankton and (unfortunately for some) sea-sickness.

Thanks SSV Seamans team for your support.

Inside USD -- Polly Carrico admits she’s not much of a morning person, but when she learned that she would be waking up really early last Saturday to spend all day doing authentic, hands-on research aboard a ship for her USD oceanography class, that all changed.

“This is the first time I’ve been on a real boat and I was very excited to go,” the junior marine science major said several hours later aboard the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans, a 134-foot steel brigantine owned and operated by Sea Education Association (SEA). “It’s a beautiful day out here. I even got to steer the ship for 15 to 20 minutes.”

Multiple whale, dolphin and sea lion sightings during the 10-hour day didn’t hurt, either. It all made for a perfect setting for a unique educational experience that Carrico and 39 other USD students won’t soon forget. Sailing offshore from Point Loma, the tall ship was an active classroom at sea. Accompanied by an experienced crew to back them up, USD students handled operation of numerous oceanographic instruments onboard to collect data and sediment, plankton and water samples. (Full Story)

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