Ice-fishing in Antarctica

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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26th May, 2012
‘Okay, folks, the fish are under the ice. The bad news is the ice is two metres thick.” We’re going ice-fishing with University of Auckland biologist Clive Evans on the annual sea ice not far from Scott Base. Paul Cziko, from the University of Oregon, drove us here in the Pisten Bully, a compact tracked vehicle packed with drill bits, buckets, fishing rods and survival bags. It was a bone-rattling ride, with six of us packed into the heated cab. Today, we’re after Trematomus pennellii, a small benthic fish – a bottom-feeder. It’s part of a remarkable order of Antarctic ...

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