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Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2001

PKU TEEN Challenge Day 2

Written By C watch:
Jim O’Donnell
Hunter Rametta
Carter Hirtle
Sarah Foster
Erin Pappas
Whitney Sisto
Anthony Rossi
Kat Round

At 0900 we raised anchor [off Point Judith, RI] and followed a Southwest course heading for Great Salt Pond and Block Island. While underway we had the chance to answer the question on why the waters in this area are a deep green. Crista explained the reason for this by teaching us about the various kinds of plankton in the waters. After learning the basics, we were able to slow the Ernestina down to a point where we could drag a plankton tow for samples. At this point we examined them under some microscopes.

Around 1600 we dropped anchor in Great Salt Pond and lowered our dories to row over to Block Island to explore and swim. A group led by Crista studied life in a small pond. We set a net and caught many small fish, hermit crabs, and green crabs.

After dinner we learned the history of the Ernestina, many of us discovered that the boat had been home to many interesting passengers. A polar bear, musk ox, cow, chickens, and even a walrus. As well as a school bus the Ernestina has been involved in every possible sea crisis we could imagine.

Captain: Amanda Madeira
Program Coordinator: Crista Mellican

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

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