09/25/18 - Ocean Classroom: Day 5

Ocean Classroom: Day 5

Castine Bay, Maine

Rio H.

At 7:00 am the entire crew was awakened to clean the ship.  After which we had the best muffins I’ve ever tasted, partly because they held within them bacon!  We then went to Ali’s college, Maine Maritime Academy, which was basically an extension of ocean classroom because the entire academy is centered around the maritime industry.  The first activity we did was called the bottom dredge, which is when a cage is dropped into the sea while connected to a wire attached to a winch on a tow boat.  We found sea stars, different species of crabs, sea cucumbers, and fish called sculpin which are bottom dwellers.  We then brought the organisms to the academy’s wet lab where we put them into tanks so that other students could study them. L

Our guide soon brought us to the cafeteria where we stuffed our faces like pigs.  For the sake of our reputations I will not write about how we ate or what we ate, but it was a sinful joy.  And the best part of the entire day was the swimming where we practiced survival tactics for the open sea and sang shanties like “Randy Dandy O!” The sound of the shanty was jovial and will be a memory which we will always remember, partly because of the sheer ridiculousness of the situation- 21 students in a circle wearing life jackets huddled together in cold water up to our necks.  Another highlight of the day was taking a week-late shower in the weirdest conditions ever.  For the sake of my sanity I will call it quits here since my anchor watch is on the horizon and it is currently pouring rain.

Sincerely a clean, well-fed, fine smelling sailor,

Rio