The Ghost of Brothers volcano

Such haunting beauty!

In the volcanic pit-crater of Brothers’ upper cone, 1200m beneath the waves, our survey camera caught something rare and spectacular!

A ghost shark (Hydrolagus), slowly drifting about its home in the deep!

I spoke to Andrew Stewart, an expert on New Zealand’s fish and a natural history collections manager at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He had plenty to tell me about this beautiful and elusive creature! See the footage and learn all about it below!

Ghost shark in volcano caught on camera

E ngā iwi o te ao, tēnā koutou katoa. I work as a Tour Guide and an Educator between the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Te Māra ā Tāne ZEALANDIA EcoSanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand. Much of my work involves telling stories, of land, of life, of people and beyond. To me, science represents a source for storytelling on the grandest of scales: a chronicle of the humble origins of life, the mass-movement of mountains, the birth and death of the stars. Key to it all are the people who dedicate their lives to broadening our perspective, pushing the boundaries of what we know. I am humbled to be presented this amazing opportunity to tell such stories as I sail on IODP Expedition 376 as Aotearoa New Zealand's Education & Outreach Officer.
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