|New England Aquarium "Harbor
Discovery" Five-day Underway Program: Day 3
Gloucester Harbor and a trawl before
transiting across Stellwagen Bank to Provincetown
Wind: East Force 2
Seas: Swells 6-8'
Written by B
watch: Brittany Canniff, Kara
Cutrona, Ka-lok Chan, Tedros
Abraham, Will Collins, & Jessica Tebbetts.
on August 1, 2001 to the sound of all her crew
and guests saying "rabbit
rabbit". Through all the commotion she
heard there was a great swell coming from the
south. She waited patiently through
breakfast but she longed to have her anchor
raised so that she could get some surfing in.
First she had
to be cleaned inside and out. Then before
she could head towards Stellwagen Bank she had to
pull an otter trawl behind her. After it
was hauled on deck Ernestina headed toward
the students inventoried and identified all the
critters caught in the otter trawl. Among
the critters were skates, flounder, sculpins,
rock crabs, sea stars, lobsters and sea
squirts. Ernestina thought this was very
exciting, however she was very muddy after and
needed another wash.
creatures were safely returned to the water lunch
was had by all. Ernestina kept on sailing
toward Stellwagen. She got some
entertainment from the crew when they had
emergency drills. It was a serious matter
to the crew but Ernestina had seen it all many
times before. It was the same silly orange
float named Bobette that they used for man
then for the crew. A plankton tow was
pulled by Ernestina for a while. She caught
many different kinds of plankton due to the
upwelling that occurs there.
Later in the
afternoon the students and crew were pleasantly
surprised by the antics of a humpback
whale. Ernestina was happy to have such
playful company in the water. The whale
breached, and splashed its fluke. Everyone
could even hear the powerful whale blows.
This was quite a show for the students on
With the swells
big and the day late she headed towards
Provincetown. Ernestina was happy to anchor
after such a long eventful day. She rested
as the students did some quiet evening
programs. The students were tired
too. They retired after a quiet reading
about squid from Crista. All were quiet on
their anchor watch during the evening.
Ernestina was happy and safe.
Captain: Willi Bank
Program Coordinator: Crista Mellican