The expedition embarked on a 50-day voyage across the southern ocean of Antarctica and across the frozen desert. An international team on board the New Zealand research ship RV Tangaroa used state-of-the-art technology to scan the beach. The Aegis imaging system allows scientists to capture fascinating images of an imperfect world.
While the mission was still going on, “Antarctica’s privacy” was published on YouTube as a document of their journey.
The narrator said: “Winds and currents keep this part of Ross Sea ice-free in summer, so cruise leader John Mitchell can breathe more easily.
“When the sea is calm and ice-free, the team prepares to sink into a foreign world.
“These scientists will see it for the first time, courtesy of a custom-built deep-toned imaging system for deep-sea exploration.
“Its high-definition video and still camera will serve as the team’s eye and in this high-pressure, low-light environment.
“In reality no one has field-tested the unit in ice conditions before, but now it’s too late to think about it.”
This series went on to follow scientists as they brought the technology down to the surface for the first time.
It added: “Just as an explorer is sent to a foreign world, the imaging system embarks on its fact-finding mission and scientists breathe their last.
“No one really knows what’s going on here.
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“Iving forever gave the team the first tantalizing image of polar marine life
“There are quite a few pieces here.
“Now they’ve seen the animals in the video that they want to get their hands on them and that’s why they need nets.”
The nets brought back various strange-looking creatures, shocking the team.
The series continues: “Antarctic toothfish are one of the giants of the marine ecosystem and it is collected by thousands.
“If it disappears from the ocean, putting it at greater risk than just dinner, it could mean an ecosystem on the brink of collapse.
“It tells the crew that everything is fine downstairs.
“Sponges, the most primitive sea creatures have no nervous or digestive system, they feed by filtering water through their pores.
“The troll also brought an external specimen that pulled his body out of the silica.
“Snalfish are also very poorly understood and they have found a new species.”