Antarctic Oddities

New Zealand scientists were part of a 50-day “voyage of discovery” through the Ross Sea recently, coming face-to-face with some truly odd creatures. The marine life encountered during the 2,000-mile voyage included, jellyfish with 12ft-long tentacles, giant sea snails and starfish the size of food platters. NIWA scientist Stu Hanchet was also surprised to find fields of 20-inch-tall lilies stretching hundreds of yards. “Some of these big meadows of sea lilies I don’t think anybody has seen before.” The survey was conducted as part of International Polar Year, a global programme aimed at achieving a better understanding of the land and sea environments of the Antarctic and Arctic and to monitor the effects of climate change in the regions.


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New Zealand Ramps up Plans to Purge All Pests

New Zealand Ramps up Plans to Purge All Pests

There are strains on New Zealand’s environment. In this corner of the South Pacific, waterways are increasingly polluted and, from the suburbs to the alpine peaks, an untold army of feral…