SCIENTISTS ABOARD SA AGULHAS ON A QUEST OF DISCOVERY

SCIENTISTS ABOARD SA AGULHAS ON A QUEST OF DISCOVERY

CAPE TOWN – The cream of South Africa’s scientific crop is on its way to determine just how healthy the Indian Ocean is.

Dozens of scientists have gathered on the SA Agulhas II, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s scientific endeavour.

Zoleka Filander is one of them; she’s a Benthic ecologist, which means she studies the organisms that live in the sediments and rocky outcrops of the ocean.

The offshore Benthic ecologist has already been testing her camera equipment and rugged sleds that will be placed into the ocean at various depths during the expedition.

Other experts, including Mmarine chemist Mtshutshu Tsanwani, will test the health of the sea’s ecosystem by using a Conductivity Depth Temperature device.

Sangwane said: “It has got bottles and so we’re able to deploy them to whatever depth we want in the ocean and then when it comes up we’re able to cross those bottles at whatever depth we want and we’re interested in and collect a seawater sample.”

It is one of many devices that will be used during this expedition to test the health of the Indian Ocean.

Shamiela Fisher / EWN

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