Stellies students reflect on their Antarctic expedition to preserve the ocean

Jean Loock and Ryan Cloete recently returned from an oceanographic research cruise from Cape Town to the Antarctic where they collected seawater samples to study the bio-activity of the Southern Ocean.

During the outdoor broadcast at Stellenbosch University, CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies spoke with the two students about their expedition, the research programme and their future contributions to marine conservation.

It was a 10 week cruise. We left Cape Town harbour and sailed towards the Good Hope line, down to Antarctica. We collected water samples from surface level to four and a half kilometres below the surface. It was quite a daunting experience and a major learning curve.

Ryan Cloete, postgraduate student at

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