At first glance, the inky Antarctic waters lying beneath nearly 2,500 feet of solid ice don’t seem like a hospitable place for fish – or anything else – to make their home. But that’s exactly what a team of scientists discovered.
The research team was drilling in the Ross Ice Shelf, a glacier the size of France off the coast of Antarctica, to investigate stability of the Whillans Ice Stream, a major glacier that flows into the shelf. To explore the waters below, the researchers employed Deep-SCINI, a remotely operated vehicle designed to travel through narrow fissures in the ice.
When Deep-SCINI reached the ocean floor it saw a shadow, then the body that cast it. READ MORE.