Australia’s new ocean-going research vessel, Investigator is impressive – from its weather radar on top that collects data in a 120 kilometre radius, all the way under the ship to the drop keels that has an incredible fish finding sonar that operates to 3,000 metres and everything in between.
Did you know the ship can map the ocean floor to any depth? It also has a sub-bottom profiler that can tell you the composition of the actual seabed down another 100 metres. Scientists on board can collect water and sea floor samples, and measure nutrient levels down to 7,000 metres. The ship is also constantly, passively collecting a range of water and air samples, which are sent back via satellite to scientists in their land-based offices.
How cool is that!
Why don’t you come on board and have a look around?