Exploring the deep

Schmidt Ocean Institute's unmanned submarine scanning seabed


Pock in fact it's a place called the queens and platter really gigantic marginal plateau and has these 30 large coral **** on them some of them in the top 20 largest **** in the world and so in the last 2 weeks we've been working with the sample will will soften the other principal investigators have been on land and helping to manage and work with the team on board the focal of doing lots of mapping but again as you as you mentioned this these are a phase that is suppressed university which is just a remarkable piece of machinery it's out in the coral sea at the moment and we had diving on the more recent today when I say we are devising a really feel like that I'm actually sitting in my bedroom a spate bedroom at home in Keynes thought all day of being a writing over the imagery that's been collected in our house and made a state cannot.
There was a drug urine can I ask you have you seen and we've just been seeing this I think is a squid on a bit of a late person on these things have you seen anything in the course of the last few weeks that is jumped out at me nervously part of this mission presumably if you want to see if their stuff down that we've never seen before.

Yeah of course absolutely it's just huge voyage of exploration and discovery mentioned with this large green park we actually survived the shallow coral reefs themselves quite well we understand the corals and fishes live there but in these depicted suspend really this know your we don't have any science dedicated science remote operated vehicle in the stroller and so the phone call allows us to get down to the steak tips where we started this morning over calamity so you mentioned that squeaked out I think the cephalopods have been really fascinating.

I'm more of a morning chill just myself but to actually see these.
The person screamed notably luck I'll spray reef we we first started we saw chain but north of us now people might be familiar with these you can see them and shops and things just that the jet shells but he we were watching them live swimming around between about 700 and 500 meters sticks and but I think we can do that 18 of them might want art so really really amazing imagery we've identified new species of fish we've got the just few scientists involved looking from on shore just like we are you able to say yes this is a new species of fish right now the case is it's more explains extension switches can be just as important we are seeing things or you describe but don't necessarily identified in this part of the long list is in the things that have been found Wendy Smith can I bring you in as well ahead because I don't know if you become blase looking at images like this after a while because you've been doing it for a bit but.
Standout discoveries I'm not I've heard talk of a site for the full I've seen one or 2 pictures of that but what it is I have no idea what what what does it mean to you to pick up something like that.

Well this is always been a dream of the Schmidt ocean institute to tell you the truth we've had felcor out in the ocean since 2013 Dr the men as our first remote science.

Streaming you can turn on you too but anybody in the world can do that right now and see what we're discovering we're just seeing stars or drug use I was seeing the side the side fun of for this bizarre stringy thing now what's that about this is the largest animal or the longest animal and maybe the largest that we know of in the world and there it is off the western coast of Australia it seems very bizarre and unusual to all of us.
The context of it every single time and are of you dive takes place we see something amazing we see something we weren't expecting to see we see life in environments where we don't expect to see life the ocean is full of surprises and our exploration is so in its infancy even with the new tools that we have and the technologies we use right whenever I ask you this I mean you talk about life is full of surprises the pandemic of course has been a major surprise for the globe it comes on the eve of the U. N. launching its decade of ocean science you'll getting a real a it's a a sort of stumbling block for you isn't it this that there is so much attention being diverted away from this sort of thing is at a critical time for the the marine environment.

I think it's kind of a good launching time.
What we can see a microscope can bring the world to its knees so that means what we don't know can kill us if we knew more about it we would be able to protect ourselves the ocean is full of things we don't know about what we don't know about the ocean can kill us so if we want to protect humanity for the future it's time for us to learn about our life support system most people don't know that every other breath they take comes from the ocean they don't realize that half the food a protein that people either in human population comes from the ocean and our oceans have been under attack from the left all of my lifetime really so we went decade work is extremely important to bring organizations like us and individuals nations and governments together to really have a different view of the ocean 10 years from now that we have today I was gonna ask you what the Schmidt family does in the course of lockdown over these months Wendy I guess a lot of it is this sort of stuff.

This is very exciting I mean this is fun to.
But all of philanthropy is on going and that's something we feel very lucky to be part of to always be looking for solutions and to try to look at the systems in our world that don't work very well in shift with the ocean okay you have to stand that you also are going to have to stop it I went down there you go on but is a great polls also for us as we focus on other issues as well in the world to look at this and some beautiful pictures with it robin Beaman 20 straight thank you both very much.

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