Researchers in a zodiac boat heading into a fjord with mountains in the distance

Researchers set off to study a hydrothermal vent in Eyjafjordur, a fjord on the north coast of Iceland © Geoff Marsh

Exploring animal life on a hydrothermal vent

In the summer of 2019, researchers from the Museum travelled to Iceland to study a hydrothermal vent.

They found an array of animals living on the vent that might help us understand how life has adapted to these unique heated, chemical-rich, underwater places.

As well as intriguing vent animals, the team got to see humpback whales breaching in the bay.

Deep-sea systematics and ecology research group

Studying the origins, diversity and interactions of life in the planet's largest ecosystem.