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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back in Tassie after three weeks at sea on the RV Investigator. Had an amazing experience working alongside some of the best scientists in Australia and seeing some new and exciting organisms and rocks brought up from 5000 meters. #CSIRO #RVinvestigator

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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

Sorting, pickling and labelling the latest catch on the #RVInvestigator.
Museums Victoria is currently leading a deep sea research expedition to uncover the biodiversity of life in the Australian abyss. #abysslife #science #fish #museum #deepsea 📷Rob Zugaro

The Brenke sled rising rising from the deep. This giant, silver marvel is used to collect tiny creatures that live in the sediment on seafloor. #abysslife #RVInvestigator 📷 Rob Zugaro

Martin Gomon and Alastair Graham looking pleased as punch that they found a second #facelessfish! They're currently on a deep sea research expedition on the #RVInvestigator. #commonasmud #science #abysslife 📷 Melanie Mackenzie

This is Chaunax sp., also known as the coffinfish. It's one of the many oddities found on our RV Investigator's latest voyage, 'Sampling the Abyss', a world-first survey to sample life in Australia’s eastern abyss. Led by Museums Victoria, the voyage includes scientists from seven countries, as well as two staff from our ANFC — John Pogonoski and Al Graham.

You can read about the voyage and see some of the other benthic wonders (including Typhlonus the eyeless fish) on our blog.

#rvinvestigator #abysslife #eyelessfish #chaunax #typhlonus #science #fish #ichthyology #marine #wildlife 🐡😮

The Sampling the Abyss crew are just over a week into their 31-day voyage on board the #RVInvestigator. They're conducting research to discover what lives in the deepest parts of Australia's ocean. We can't wait to hear about what they've discovered!

Almost the weekend and it looks like it could be a wet one. (We sell great wet weather gear btw)
So, while you're cuddled up on the couch or below deck drinking a cup of tea, check out CSIRO's blog. The research vessel Investigator is doing some very interesting explorations along Australia's eastern abyss.
https://blog.csiro.au/abyss-voyage-jelly-fangs/

The ocean is a pretty awesome place! 🦑🐡🐠 #australia #rvinvestigator #investigator #discover #sportphillip #mornington #moringtonpeninsula #mountmartha #sorrento #frankston #melbourne #portphillipbay #sailing #csiro #ocean #raincoat #wetweathergear #hellyhensen #ronstansailing #musto #burke #gill #warmup #alien #fish #science #cool

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