Southern Surveyor 2012

Recently, CSIRO researchers and school teachers set off on the Southern Surveyor, a research vessel heading from Fremantle to Darwin. The purpose of the voyage is to investigate marine debris and its effects on marine life. Here’s some pictures from the trip.

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Jellyfish in a surface water sample from the manta net. Changing over the codend of the manta net after a sampling tow.

Volunteer teachers Rebecca Hall and Ray Cilia marvelling at the animals in the trawl samples as they look for marine debris.

The marine debris sampling crew relaxing while waiting to haul the net after a sampling tow.

Volunteer teachers Rebecca Hall and Ray Cilia and chief scientist Chris Wilcox waiting to haul the manta net during a sampling tow at sunset.

Rebecca Hall, a teacher volunteering on the marine debris survey, hauling in the sampling net.

Peter Hoskin, volunteer teacher from Earthwatch, taking sampling data from the ships instruments.

Kel Lewis, crew member, and Chris Wilcox, chief scientist, lower the manta trawl net into the water.

Sunset on the Southern Surveyor off the Kimberley Coast.

Volunteer teachers Rebecca Hall and Ray Cilia and chief scientist Chris Wilcox waiting to haul the manta net during a sampling tow at sunset

Bioluminescence from ostracods in the manta trawls at night.