Hidden World Under Antarctic Sea Ice, Robot Gives Rare Glimpse (Download PDF)


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Underwater robot in East Antarctica has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice footage taken by Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).Beautiful to dreadful water creatures on camera from near Casey research station in East Antarctica.

Underwater robot provide glimpse of Antarctic sea creatures

Underwater Robot Provide Glimpse of Antarctic Sea Creatures

Underwater robot provide glimpse of Antarctic sea creatures


  • Thinking of the Antarctic coastal marine environment, the iconic species such as penguins, seals and whales usually steal the show.
  • Footage reveals a habitat that is productive, colourful, dynamic and full of a wide variety of biodiversity, including sponges, sea spiders, urchins, sea cucumbers and sea stars.
  • Coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink encrusting algae and spidery starfish are some to name a few under the sea ice.
  • This as a great opportunity to explore the underwater biodiversity and complexity of the Antarctic near-shore ecosystem.
Australian Antarctic Division AAD

Australian Antarctic Division AAD

Australian Antarctic Division AAD

About AAD

  • It is a division of the Department of the Environment.
  • Division undertakes science programs and research projects to contribute to an understanding of Antarctica.
  • It conducts and supports collaborative research programs with other Australian and international organisation.
  • Administering and maintaining a presence in Australian Antarctic and sub-Antarctic territories.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 22, 2016


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