What Lives Beneath. . .
I was recently asked by one of the MN students that is following my journey if there are ANY animals around base currently. I responded that seals, penguins and skua birds will arrive as the temperature warms up. I have now spotted my first seal. I think. It was a black blob in the distance. I hope that means the arrival of more animals soon. What I forgot about when I answered the question is what lives below the ice shelf that I camped on recently.
The crary lab is located near the medical clinic and is home base for the scientists conducting research in the area. The scientists are great at keeping the community involved in cutting edge research through twice weekly science lectures and weekly crary lab tours. I was able to tour crary lab on Sunday. It was fun to see images of Mt. Erebus eruptions, and posters of WAIS divide, but my favorite part was the animals! One science group is researching temperature effects on fish physiology and had two types of fish in their tank. The fish have an anti-freeze like protein that allows them to live their life in sub-freezing temperatures. The divers also put together a touch tank featuring some of the cool antarctic sea critters.