Antarctic Watch Headlines 11/28/2022

New seaweed discovered 100m below Antarctic Ocean
YAHOO!News, 2022-11-28
The team, including researchers from the University of Aberdeen, found the seaweed using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Researchers say the discovery is “important for furthering our knowledge of Antarctica”.

Microplastics Found in Formerly ‘Pristine’ Antarctic Water, Air, Sediment
ExtremeTech, 2022-11-28
An Antarctic research expedition has found microplastics in the continent’s water, air, and sediment, suggesting a level of pollution far higher than expected. Nekton, a nonprofit ocean research initiative,

Synthetic fibres discovered in Antarctic air, seawater, sediment and sea ice as the ‘pristine’ continent becomes a sink for plastic pollution
Staffordshire University, 2022-11-28
A new study has revealed the discovery of synthetic plastic fibres in air, seawater, sediment and sea ice sampled in the Antarctic Weddell Sea

Australian Antarctic Division boss says ‘self-reinforcing culture’ limited internal authority to make change
Australian Broadcasting Corporation on, 2022-11-28
Kim Ellis tells parliament he did not have internal authority to make cultural change until a damning report revealed allegations of sexual harassment at remote research stations.

Plastic pollution in the ANTARCTIC is now as bad as everywhere else on Earth: Scientists discover synthetic microplastics in air, seawater, sediment and ice near the South Pole
Daily Mail, 2022-11-26
Most of the microfibres were found in air samples, meaning that Antarctic animals and seabirds could very well be breathing them in. Microplastics are plastic particles measuring less than …

Explore The Antarctic Aboard A State-Of-The-Art Expedition Ship
Forbes, 2022-11-25
Named after the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this state-of-the-art expedition ship will be a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet.

Optical Illusion IQ Test: Can you spot hidden Seal Among Penguins inside Antarctic Island in 7 Secs?, 2022-11-28
In this image, try to spot the hidden seal among the penguins inside Antarctic Island. People with above-average

Chemical weapons may not protect Antarctic seafloor animals and their value for drug discovery
EurekAlert!, 2022-11-17
In a “Marine Drugs” paper, Conxita Avila and her colleagues test the chemical defenses of 29 Antarctic marine species in terms of their ability to repel foreign predators. They found most of the Antarctic species could repel Mediterranean amphipods,

Antarctic resupply ship to replace broken Australian icebreaker RSV Nuyina also breaks and returns to port
Australian Broadcasting Corporation on, 2022-11-25
An Antarctic expedition ship chartered to replace Australia’s broken icebreaker limps back to Hobart due to mechanical problems.

BAS has launched its Antarctic field season with an ambitious range of projects
MercoPress, 2022-11-26
The British Antarctic Survey, BAS, Antarctic field season has begun, with a challenging and ambitious range of projects to be delivered at five BAS research stations and across the wider continent.