“I never knew you could actually do all of this. I didn’t even know this ever happened, or that tall ships were being used in this way anymore.
It was eye-opening to see how people work on a ship of this type in all sorts of conditions, keep food on the table and the Pelican of London going through all hours of the day and night.”
“My favourite part was on the second night. We were under sail with no engines running far out at sea. There was bioluminescent seaweed over the side of the ship in the waves, and then a couple of dolphins came up at the bow and we could see them outlined in the purple and blue lights. I’m going to remember that moment for the rest of my life.”
Come on board
I also thought it would be a great life experience. Not many people get to go on a tall ship.
“I came on board not knowing what kind of surveys they were doing but it always helps to understand how we are affecting the planet, especially with our plastic, nitrate, phosphate and nutrient pollution. We’ve done quite a bit of research as well.
We’ve taken the CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Depth) machine down and looked at plankton and nitrate and phosphate surveys. We’ve surveyed different points of the sea, so going out to Eddystone Lighthouse and all the way back into Cawsand Bay for different samples.”
Study marine and coastal ecosystems in a global context
In this hands-on degree, one of the best in the UK and with an international reputation, you’ll tackle big questions, such as why are coral reefs so diverse, how do we best manage and conserve marine life, and how will climate change impact biodiversity? Fieldwork will be a key component of your studies, using the excellent marine and coastal habitats on Plymouth’s doorstep, as well as on residential courses in France and South Africa.