|Sea Connections Summer Institute for
Teachers continues in the second day aboard
through Great Round Shoal in Nantucket Shoals
last midnight, we moved along the Cape Cod Coast
all night long before crossing the shipping lanes
and heading out to the drop-off off of the bottom
just northeast of Highland Light in Truro on the
Cape. We finally started sailing for a beautiful
morning of light breeze now turning for
Stellwagen Bank. Shearwaters and Petrels abound
and we see an occasional Ocean Sunfish.
You can see the site of our
'Person Overboard' Drills (POB) just before noon
7 or 8 miles north of Provincetown. Then we went
through a full water sampling and plankton tow
station shown on the second chart image. After
passing onto Stellwagen Bank by 1230, we began to
see many whales. First a Minke Whale feeding on
small fish appeared, then ten or twelve Humpbacks
were spotted bubble feeding, flippering and
breaching. We shut down and drifted with them for
several hours! The Xs on the chart indicated the
area of several pods of whales. We often saw the
Humpbacks in groups, or pods, of two or three.
There are fish out there. We
brought up spiny dogfish after dogfish while
drifting near the Humpback whales and handlined
to the bottom with codjigs.
By mid-afternoon we were on our
way to anchorage off Long Point in Provincetown,
Cape Cod for a rest after 'round the clock
sailing of the past two days.
It was Crista Mellican's
birthday today with a great cake coming out the
galley to celebrate!
Wind: SW Force 2/1
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican
Program Director: Alan Lee Hankin, Ph.D.