Welcome to the Kermadec Expedition

In just over a week I will be on the RV Braveheart bound for the Kermadec Islands to spend three weeks diving, observing and collecting specimens from one of the most pristine ocean environments in the world.

Auckland Museum is leading this expedition and has been lucky enough to bring together a team of experts from the Department of Conservation, NIWA, Te Papa, the Australian Museum and a photographer and writer who are going to help us share the journey with you.

Preparation for the trip has been a massive undertaking on everyone’s part – and we’ll be sharing some of that with you over the next few days before we head off on Monday – but now we’re nearly there the possibilities of what we might find are fuelling high levels of excitement.

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5 Responses to “Welcome to the Kermadec Expedition”

  1. Room12

    Hello we are Room 12 at Lucknow School and Sophia Langford is in this class. Her Uncle, Carl Struthers,is on your expedition and we would like to keep in touch with him.

  2. Melanie

    Lucknow School and Sophia we’ve had a message back from the ship just for you:

    Hello to Room 12 at Lucknow School, who asked about Sophia Langford’s uncle Carl. We have to confess we haven’t seen Carl yet, although he is up here in the Kermadecs! We are three people short on the Braveheart, as the three scientists from Te Papa are just finishing another expedition up here on a boat called Tranquil Image.

    We are expecting them to join us in the next day or two – they were meant to join us earlier but bad weather meant their trip was delayed. I understand that they are surveying fish in deeper water than the shallow coastal water we are working in, and they are using ‘baited camera traps’ – they lower a video camera in the water, and film the fish that are attracted to the bait. We did see the Tranquil Image tonight but they didn’t come close enough to see people on board.

    So, between Braveheart, Tranquil Image and the Navy ship Otago, there are three boats up here at the moment – normally the Department of Conservation staff working on Raoul Island go for months on end without seeing anyone, but they have the Minister of Conservation and some artists visiting ashore from the Otago, so they have visitors a plenty!

  3. Bees, frogs, rats!

    Hi you lucky devils from a desk bound career person!

    there’s been a lot in recent years about the demise of bees and frogs. I’ve become obsessed with helping bees around my suburban home and trying to get frogs to come back here (that were here when we first shifted in 14 years ago!) Do the islands have their own bees and frogs? Are they rat free? Such islands are our hope!

    All the best to you all



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