It’s been nearly two years since you followed us to the Kermadec Islands so we thought we’d take you somewhere new – this time you’re invited to follow us on a two-week marine expedition to the Three Kings Islands leaving on April 8 (this coming Monday!).
Science communicator Alison Ballance (from Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World), who guided you through our discoveries in the depths of the Kermadecs, will again be blogging the discoveries as they happen and following the work of our team of scientists from the museum, Te Papa, the University of Queensland and NIWA.
The expedition team will be working to collect and record the diversity of the rich marine life in the waters around these remote islands that are 55km northwest of New Zealand’s northernmost point. The Three Kings Islands and the marine environment around them is home to rare and unique species that occur nowhere else in the world (the scientific term is ‘a high level of endemism’) so there’s a good chance the team will find marine species that are new records for New Zealand or even for science.
There are a couple of changes – first, based on what you liked most last time, we’ll be loading more photos and more videos (we’ve got two incredible underwater photographers onboard the Braveheart this time) and, second, we’ve got a new home for our blog so come and join us here http://threekings.aucklandmuseum.com/
To get you started here’s the Three Kings Islands expedition leader and Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum Dr Tom Trnski (you might recognise him from last time) to tell you about what you can expect from the expedition. He’s also got some news about a major marine exhibition Moana – My Ocean opening at the museum in June this year which will feature some of the discoveries from the Kermadec Islands expedition.
We hope you’ll join us in the Three Kings Islands next week