The CSIRO’s flagship vessel RV Investigator has just returned from the second of two scientific journeys to the northeast Indian Ocean.
The journey, led by Museums Victoria, is bringing back a treasure trove of specimens – including newly discovered eels, batfishes, spiderfishes, and pumice stones that probably came from the catastrophic 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.
When Cosmos chatted to Voyage Chief Scientist Dr Tim O’Hara, Museums Victoria Research Institute’s senior curator of marine invertebrates, he told us that most of the places they’re investigating around Christmas and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands have never been seen before by people.
They’re also mapping the ocean floor around the area for the first time, and collecting data that will take curators and ecologists back in Australia years – or even decades – to fully process.
You can watch our interview with O’Hara here – or scroll down to see it, and some more of the astonishing things the researchers are finding.