Check it out! Research on Investigator is fantastic! Image Asher Flatt.
The year is 2017 and the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator has just delivered a veritable smorgasbord of tasty marine science in collaboration with intrepid teams of national and international scientists.
Here are five fantastic things we found on and under the waves this year:
1. Bizarre abyss life
With RV Investigator’s advanced systems and technology, marine life has no place to hide – even when it lives 4000m or more below the sea surface! Our voyage with Museums Victoria to study Australia’s eastern abyss found weird, wonderful and, quite frankly, wacky marine life.
2. A lost WWII ship wreck
On a transit from Sydney to Broome, we took a detour for the NT Government to find SS Macumba, a WWII ship wreck that had been missing for 74 years. An important find and maritime mystery finally solved.
A black and white photo of SS Macumba
Multibeam mapping in 2017 reveals SS Macumba resting mostly intact on the sea floor.
3. Our next-gen marine scientists
We research hard and we train hard! Our inaugural CAPSTAN sea training voyage led by Macquarie University has created a pipeline of future marine scientists to support our nation’s growing Blue Economy.
4. Some feisty squid!
Out of the blue, we found fighting (or maybe super friendly?) squid during a voyage to maintain deep-water moorings in the Southern Ocean. What the squid were doing is a mystery that remains unsolved.
5. Unstoppable science
We got around in 2017. In fact, you could say we’ve been everywhere…
We’ve been to Antarctica, Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea, Timor Sea, Coral Sea, EAC, Arafura Sea, North West Shelf, Great Barrier Reef, Great Australian Bight, Bass Strait, Torres Strait, Sydney Harbour, Bell Bay, Broome, Cockburn Sound, Brisbane, Fremantle, Hobart, back to start!
We science everywhere, man!
A busy 2017 started with Investigator on a 50 day voyage to Antarctica. Image: Marine National Facility.
And that’s not even scratching the surface of the research, education and training made possible in 2017 by the Marine National Facility in collaboration with our intrepid scientists, students and crew.