Deep Down Under expedition to the Coral Sea
- Saturday, 19 December 2009
The Deep Down Under research expedition finished in Cairns, Australia after a successful voyage to the Queensland Plateau in the Coral Sea. The expedition aimed to investigate relict fauna, or animals that were previously thought to be extinct, but have persisted almost unchanged on the deep reef slopes since the late Mesozoic (>65 MYA), such as sponges, brachiopods, echinoderms and Nautilus cephalopods. The expedition used a Cherokee Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) from the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (marum) in Bremen, Germany, to investigate deep-sea life down to about 800 metres depth.