A new project led by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) plans to unveil the mysteries of seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean, and help improve conservation and management of marine resources in the area.

An unknown species of squid, caught at a depth of between 45-70m. (Oddgeir Alvheim)

A team of the world's leading experts, paired with scientists from the western Indian Ocean region, has just joined the Norwegian research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen.

Dr Fridtjof Nansen ship at Reunion Island


Leaving Reunion Island on the evening of November 12, 2009, the vessel is sailing towards the southwest Indian Ocean Ridge, where it will study six seamounts rising from the ocean floor located between 32°00' S and 41°00' S, before ending its voyage in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 20 December.

Sarah Gotheil, Marine Programme Officer at IUCN, is onboard the vessel, capturing every aspect of the work.

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