When the dive team arrives, there's as usual, a scrum of excited scientists, staff and volunteers as well as the home team to manage the numbering and labelling of all specimens.
tiny fluffy pink bit that sticks out of the ground. The rest of the sponge is buried!
Hantu Bloggers joined the Expedition dive today and tweeted (@torvaanser) about the exciting time she had with the team. Here she is using her hand to show the scale of the humungous Fan clam they found during the dive.
Giant reef worm! It's usually very hard to get a complete specimen of this worm so it is much appreciated. There were also lots and lots of other tiny animals, from shrimps to brittle stars, and all kinds of worms.
|Photo by Dr Arthur Anker|
Cryptic sea star. These look just like the rock that they are stuck on.
Dr Arthur has taken a lovely photo of this special find. At first glance it might be mistaken for a Hairy crab that is so common on our shores. It's so important to look carefully and of course, it can't be confirmed without the many knowledgeable scientists at the Expedition.
During the Expedition, I will try to post live updates on twitter as well as to facebook and the Mega Marine Survey facebook page. These will get less frequent as I start to do field work. I'm not very good at the smart phone in the field, and also, phone connections are not always strong enough to post regularly. So also check out tweets by participants using the hashtag for the Survey #MegaMarine. These are consolidated on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
Volunteer sign up for the Southern Expedition are already closed due to limited places and early logistical arrangements needed for participation.
But no worries, you CAN still join the Survey! Lots of surveys will continue after the Expedition, just at a less frenzied rate. There will be lots of other opportunities for volunteers to participate in dredging, field surveys as well as laboratory sessions. To join the Mega Marine Survey, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities. Also check out the FAQs for more about the Survey.