Antarctica scientists capture ‘amazing’ creature alive after deepest drop below ice ever
Expedition Antarctica took to the waters of the Southern Ocean earlier this year in a 50-day voyage to survey the seas around Antarctica. On board New Zealand’s research vessel RV Tangaroa, an international group of researchers used state-of-the-art technology to scan the seabed. While the mission is still ongoing, “The Secrets of Antarctica” documentary was released on YouTube in July revealing the amazing finds to date.
During the series, the crew used something known as a mop net to take water samples from different parts of the ocean.
The narrator detailed: “As Tangaroa steams north into deeper water, Julie deports a multiple opening and closing net.
“Each tentacle of this has snatched plankton and krill from various depths.
“Along with the microscopic animals known as zooplankton, Lisa spies a tiny deep-sea squid, a little gift for the squid guy.”
Antarctica scientists discovered strange creatures below the ice (Image: YOUTUBE)
The team pulled the squid from 3,400 metres below the ice (Image: YOUTUBE)
Scientist Lisa Bryant then determined that the creature was still alive, much to the excitement of the rest of the team.
She said: “It’s beautiful and in really good condition.
“You know we’ve found some fascinating things, but it’s not often they’re bright red which is really cool.
“This one is great and very much still alive.”
Another researcher on board, Julie Hall, explained why the test was so vital before revealing what else they found.
The squid was captured still alive (Image: YOUTUBE)
She added: “This is a really important mop net sample for us that’s come from 3,400 metres, it’s the deepest one we’ve ever done.
“In the mop nets we collected all sorts of larger phytoplankton in there and sometimes it has come up literally looking like pea soup.
“But with the larger phytoplankton, they get caught in the net.”
Stuart Hatchet, another scientist on board expressed his shock over what the trawl had discovered.
Julie Hall was impressed with the find (Image: YOUTUBE)
Stuart Hatchet was stunned by all the life (Image: YOUTUBE)
“I’m amazed at the amount of life in here, it certainly looks quite productive, a lot more productive than I had imagined.
Antarctic waters, but I guess something has got to be there to feed the krill.”
The same team also discovered a new species during their journey.
Andrew Stewart, a leading scientist in the excavation was left stunned by the find.
He said last month: “This is why I came to Antarctica, to see things like this.”
“Dr Stewart held the creature up to the camera.
He then exclaimed: “I have to look at such features as the shape of the teeth, the jaws, the shape of the gill rakers, as well as counts of the vertebrae [to determine what it is].
“Now I have no idea what species this is.
“The colour pattern on the fins is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”