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The #facelessfish has arrived back at Museums Victoria! Welcome to your new home Frankie.
He was collected on a Museums Victoria-led deep sea voyage to discover #abysslife on the #RVInvestigator

Bit different to the Bulkies. 7 and a half weeks sea time to go! 🤘 #rvinvestigator

My name is Aaron Flint and I’m a post-graduate geoscientist majoring in geophysics, from Macquarie University and currently on board the RV Investigator assisting with the surveying of the Totten Glacier on Antarctic’s Sabrina coastline.

Growing up in the blistering heat rural far-western NSW, the sub-zero environment of Antarctica seemed a world away but now that I’m here assisting the Italian seismic team with surveying operations across the eastern continental slope of the Antarctic, it doesn’t seem that far away at all now.

While it’s an honour to be able to work alongside geophysicists from Italy, it has also been an amazing experience to observe and assist the geologists, marine biologists and sedimentologists from America, Spain and Australia, with sediment coring operations and specimen sampling. This voyage really has been a multi-national collaborative effort.

As a science, geophysics is synonymous with the exploration of minerals, oil and gas throughout the mining industry, however, environmental geophysics is often overlooked for its contribution to the surveying, recognition and preservation of climate vulnerable ecosystems like those found on and around the Antarctic continent. I hope that our contributions throughout this voyage will allow the Totten Glacier and the Sabrina Coast to be declared a Marine Protected Area.

The voyage is being led by Associate Professor Leanne Armand (Macquarie University), to understand the interactions of the Totten Glacier (in East Antarctica) with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles.

#CSIRO #RVInvestigator #ocean #science #antarctica

It takes albatross 10 years to sexually mature, but this time is spent far from land. So where do they — and other adolescent seabirds — actually go? After a sea bird is hatched and fledged its very first flight away from the nest and towards the horizon can last for years. The bird will stay at sea for the whole period of its sexual maturation, which in some species can be ten years. RN's Ann Jones spoke with scientists aboard the RV Investigator who were scanning for sea birds every daylight minute of the voyage. (Photo: ABC RN/ @_annjones_)
#abcrn #offtrack #RVInvestigator

My first meet and greet on the #rvinvestigator in preparation for our #Antarctic #voyage 🇦🇶🐳 #Antarctica #shiplife

The abyssal zone of the whole ocean is incredibly deep, but it's actually not the deepest—that honor lies with the Hadal Zone. Regardless, you can still find some pretty strange species lurking in the abyssal depths. And the Australian Eastern Abyss is no exception to the rule. All in all, nature is pretty weird ya'll!

In the wilds of the Southern Ocean lies this cheeky right hander. If you can handle the 40knot offshore and 2.5 degree water, you can share it with the seals and penguins. #surf #ocean #wild #rvinvestigator

(3/3) Last one of the zooming-in series! #rvinvestigator #csiro #lifeatsea #chemistry #science @csirogram

A team of scientists from Museums Victoria are currently leading a world-first deep sea research expedition to Australia's eastern abyss. This faceless fish is one of the weird and wonderful highlights found so far. It was caught 4km below the ocean's surface and due to the dark environment it lives in has evolved without eyes! #RVInvestigator #abysslife

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A beautiful sunny day for our students to board the RVInvestigator, as part of CSIRO's new Floating Classroom program! #qutstem #stemis4me ☀️ | #qut #rvinvestigator #csiro

This little Red Coffinfish came from about 2.5 kms below the surface off southern Queensland! It's the first of its kind found in Australian waters, and it might be a new species. #FishesofOz #fishesofaustralia #coffinfish #fishesofinstagram #RVInvestigator #deepsea
📷Dianne Bray @museumsvictoria
More info and mages at http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5361

An Antipodean Spiderfish, Bathypterois oddi, from a depth of 4000 metres on the abyssal plain E of Newcastle, NSW. Most spiderfishes (family Ipnopidae - also called tripodfishes) have really long stilt-like fins and prop high off the bottom to feed on critters drifting by in the current.
They are also synchronous hermaphrodites, and have an ovotestis that contains both male and female reproductive tissue. A great #reproductive strategy for life in a really harsh environment.
#FishesofOz #RVInvestigator #tripodfish #spiderfish #fishesofaustralia #theabyss
📷John Pogonoski / Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
More info at http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5356

The weird, blind Faceless Cusk, Typhlonus nasus, from east of Jervis Bay, NSW - 4 kms below the sea surface. #fishesofaustralia #fishesofinstagram #FishesofOz #ocean #deepsea #FacelessCusk #TyphlonusNasus #blindfish #theabyss #SamplingTheAbyss #RVInvestigator 
On display @melbournemuseum @museumsvictoria until August 21!
📷Dianne Bray
Find our more about this strange fish at http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5354

Amazing shot of a male Threadfin Dragonfish (Echiostoma barbatum), from off southern Qld - with the enormous luminous organ behind the eye. Source: Rob Zugaro / Museums Victoria.
#fishesofaustralia #fish#dragonfish #deep-sea #twilightzone #bioluminescent#mesopelagic #RVInvestigator
Want more info on this amazing fish, check out http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1780

Is it weird that I just love these retro buttons onboard RV Investigator? #dontpresstheredbutton
#geek #retro #rvinvestigator #boatbits

Maggie, from the London Natural History Museum, holding up a goose barnacle on board the RV investigator. #scientists #rvinvestigator #science #goosebarnacle

A scientist at work aboard the RV Investigator. #science #rvinvestigator #voyagetotheabyss #scientists

Sunset from off the bow of the RV Investigator. #sunset #lifeatsea #rvinvestigator #voyagetotheabyss

A lone tern on the front deck of the RV Investigator. #birds #wildlife #lifeatsea #rvinvestigator #noir

If it could, we're sure the #facelessfish would be smiling just as hard as this team of Museums Victoria scientists.
They've just returned from Sampling the Abyss, an exciting deep sea research voyage on board the #RVInvestigator.
This strange deep sea fish was rediscovered after almost 150 years and became a viral internet sensation.
You can now see it on display at @melbournemuseum until mid-August!
📷Rob Zugaro

A see through polychaete worm fresh from the abyss, 4000m below sea level. #polychaete #worm #deepsea #invertebrates #rvinvestigator #voyagetotheabyss #sealife #wildlife

Bit different to the Bulkies. 7 and a half weeks sea time to go! 🤘 #rvinvestigator

The abyssal zone of the whole ocean is incredibly deep, but it's actually not the deepest—that honor lies with the Hadal Zone. Regardless, you can still find some pretty strange species lurking in the abyssal depths. And the Australian Eastern Abyss is no exception to the rule. All in all, nature is pretty weird ya'll!

The #facelessfish has arrived back at Museums Victoria! Welcome to your new home Frankie.
He was collected on a Museums Victoria-led deep sea voyage to discover #abysslife on the #RVInvestigator

Today the crew on the #RVInvestigator berthed in Brisbane with their precious cargo of new, weird and wonderful #abysslife. Keep an eye out over the next few days as we reveal more about what they've found! 📷 Asher Flatt

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