Coolest job on the ship? 'Flying' the deep-tow camera

deep-tow camera system on wharf
Now that's a camera! The deep-tow camera system on the CSIRO wharf at Hobart. This high-tech system is the main sampling tool being used to survey the distribution and condition of deep-sea coral comunities. Image: CSIRO

Day 12: Onboard videographer, Andrew Terhell

Entering the cold dark world of deep-sea corals

A matrix of stony coral Solenosmilia variabilis
The deep-sea coral Solenosmilia variabilis attaches to the exposed rocky surfaces of seamounts. It reaches out out to filter-feed on tiny organisms delivered by passing currents and forms a dense matrix that creates habitat for an explosion of other animals.
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