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Icefish from Antarctica

I.D. Antarctica #3 – Answer

Hello again!  Did you think it was easy or hard to identify our week #3 mystery creature?  I hope you enjoyed the challenge!  Or did it make you feel like this fish looks? Well, the correct answer for the fish identification is…..drum roll….Pagetopsis macropterus (also pictured above). This species is a member of the family Channichthyidae, […]

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I.D. Antarctica – Mystery Creature #3

Hello again! I am especially excited this week because we have caught some larval fishes during a net tow in the bay pictured above. Most adult fishes in the Southern Ocean are benthic, which means they live near the sea floor. However, many of these fishes have pelagic larval stages. So, adults lay their eggs […]

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Hyperiid Amphipod

I.D. Antarctica #2 – Answer

Hi everyone!  I hope you had fun trying to identify this week’s mystery creature!  It can really be a challenge to identify an organism from just one photograph – ideally, you’d be able to see the actual creature from many different angles. So…the correct answer is Hyperiidea, or a hyperiid amphipod. Hyperiidea isn’t a species […]

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I.D. Antarctica #2

Greetings from Antarctica! I am standing on the back deck of our ship, the Laurence M. Gould, preparing to launch our net system. We are using the net to catch a variety of small marine animals that are collectively called zooplankton. We lower the net into the water behind the boat with a crane. There […]

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SWARM Data Activity #1

In addition to our weekly I.D. Antarctica mysteries, this winter we are also happy to feature a series of data activities from Project SWARM. Oceanographers from Rutgers University and the University of Delaware are currently staying at Palmer Station in Antarctica to investigate food web interactions. As part of this project, they will create a […]

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A Pagodroma nivea, or the snow petrel flying above the ocean.

I.D. Antarctica #1 Answer

Hello again! We made it out of the sea ice and we are currently searching for whales to try and tag. Were you able to identify the mystery creature in I.D. Antarctica #1?  I hope you were all able to understand how to use the dichotomous key.  The correct bird species is Pagodroma nivea, or […]

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A white bird above the snow of Antarctica

I.D. Antarctica #1

A beautiful white bird just flew by and I have no idea what species it is. I almost missed it with how well it blends in with its surroundings. Let’s try and identify it with a dichotomous key I created just for this challenge – download by clicking on this link: ID Antarctica Week 1 Key. […]

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The R/V Laurence M. Gould in front of an Antarctic glacier.

I.D. Antarctica Begins Soon

Welcome to the first post of our I.D. Antarctica series. Over the next 6 weeks, Andrew Corso, a PhD candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will post weekly “mysteries” during his research cruise off the coast of Antarctica. This is his first post from the Southern Ocean.   Greetings from Antarctica! We left […]

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Connect Your Students with Scientists in Antarctica

This winter, we are excited to offer two opportunities for you to connect your classroom with scientists in Antarctica: I.D. Antarctica and Palmer LTER Video Teleconferences. I.D. Antarctica:  Help polar scientist Andrew Corso identify the “mystery creatures” that he encounters during his cruise along with West Antarctic Peninsula starting in mid-January. This opportunity is open to […]

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