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Friday, August 5, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer VENTuRE Survey - Arrival in Cork

On arrival in Cork the mission team met was greeted by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Mr. Stephen Coveney T.D., Marine Institute Dr. Peter Heffernan and a number of senior staff from University College Cork including Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. The success of the project also attracted a great deal of interest from the media and a press conference featuring mission leader Dr. Andy Wheeler and Dr. Bram Murton.

What follows are a number of pictures taken on the day at a very successful end to an extremely successful mission.

Congratulations to everyone involved.
Caption:  Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Mr. Simon Coveney TD flanked by Dr. Andy Wheeler (left) and Dr. Bram Murton and Prof. Patrick Fitzpatrick (right) plus the VENTuRE scientific team, the ship’s Captain Denis Rowan and Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute (far left) (Photo: Provision).

Dr. Peter Heffenan (CEO, Marine Institute), Maria Judge (Geological Survey of Ireland) and Minister Coveney on the bridge of the RV Celtic Explorer (Photo: Provision)



Mission Leader Dr. Andrew Wheeler explains how the hydrothermal vents were found at the post-mission press conference (Photo: Provision)


Caption: A "blind" shrimp from the hydrothermal vent field (Photo: Patrick Collins NUI Galway)



Caption : Snails from the outside of the hydrothermal vents. (Photo: Patrick Collins: NUI Galway)

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