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|Who needs journeys to Mars to find new life forms?
They are all around us and about them and their habits we do not have
a clue! We do know that, with every deep sea expedition, new species
and new facts come to light. In this arena the British deep sea trawl
research vessel, R.S. Discovery, plays a leading role. This vessel,
mainly manned by scientists from Southampton Oceanographic Centre,
made possible the images in these two panels. It was aboard that vesselís
forerunner and namesake that Sir Alister Hardy completed most of his
deep water plankton research. Peter Parks was privileged to be invited
on two past cruises aboard the new vessel. Plans are being drawn up
at this time, to take an IMAX film production into the ocean depths
and allow an international audience uniquely to experience encounters
with these extraordinary creatures at the same time as they are actually
found. We can promise those who may be interested, that they will
see life forms infinitely more weird and wonderful than anything that
will come from outer space in our lifetimes!