The start into the gulf stream
As we started our journey through the Gulf Stream, with its northern extension towards Europe, it is a powerful, warm, and swift Atlantic ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and stretches to the tip of Florida ,the gulf stream 20° F (11° C) about 5.6 miles per hour (nine kilometers per hour), the animals that we encountered were fish, dolphins , jelly fish- Moon Jelly Atlantic Sea Nettle Cannonball Jellyfish, we were all ready to start our journey. While we were finishing up getting the salinity (33 to 37 parts per thousand) a bunch of sea weed got caught in our motor and completely broke it.- 0 degrees ,20 degrees west.
As we drift into the North Atlantic
50°-64°N and 10°-30°W - As we drift into the North atlantic we realized that that water was really choppy today ,water was getting all in the boat and ruined our radio. we reached speeds of 2 knots .That day the water temp. was at least 15 degrees.
20° north 20° west - As the winds pushed us into the canary current it was another day at sea.Our boat was moving pretty fast at 10-15 cm s-1. We started off by looking at the marine life and realized the canary current is only 500 m deep.We also Learned that the canary current is home to zooplankton, redfish, Jack mackerels,Clupeidae, Sardine.
As we entered the equatorial counter current it was getting really dark. We tried to look for marine life with our camera but we really couldn't see anything. we noticed that the Tidal Current was really strong and our speed was about . This current was warmer than the other ones 30° and 32°C .salinities range between 35.2-36.
8°S to 25°S. - As the waves pushed us into the south equatorial current our boat was all over the place waves hitting us from all directions we had to hold on to something so we wouldn't get hurt. As the water became still we looked through our camera and saw Pink Meanie a type of jelly fish that cant sting.Our travel speed is 0.03 to 0.06 and the water temp. is 26°-28°C.
30° south and 45° west - we got carried into this beautiful clear water current it was very clear and looked so unreal. The water was about 28°. We saw all kinds of marine life like Dolphins and manatees whales turtles and over 2000 freshwater Fish species.There is a high salinity that averages 35 to 37 parts per thousand. It is relatively weak and shallow, with a surface speed of one to two knots.
43° south 17° west - At this point we were all tired and wanted a break but we couldn't help to notice the forming cyclones. We were afraid of what was to come. The Atlantic Ocean was formed when the supercontinent Pangaea broke up about 200 million years ago. Europe and Africa started to drift away from today’s Americas.The ocean is divided into three areas. The continental shelf extends up to a few hundred kilometers into the open ocean and is about 100 to 200 meters deep. Beyond the shelf the continental slope drops slowly to a depth of about 4,000 meters, where the ocean floor spreads across most of the Atlantic. Plankton is the basic plant form in the shelf regions. It provides food for fish and other sea animals. Corals thrive in the Caribbean Sea and other warm areas.
45° south and 25° east -