Under the Sea with Deakin University Warrnambool

Under the Sea with Deakin University Warrnambool

Deep dive into knowledge

Dive below the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park

Are you ready to discover a world of wonder below the surface of the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park? This joint project was undertaken by Museum Victoria, Parks Victoria and Deakin University. Teams of divers completed more than 20 dives and where it was too deep teams from Deakin lowered baited cameras in order to record and monitor the health and extent of marine life.

The Drowned Apostles

The drowned Apostles document download

In 2015 scientists discovered 5 drowned Apostles 60m below the surface 6km off the coast of Peterborough. These stacks appear to have been formed under similar geomorphic processes to the modern day Apostles some 60,000 years ago. Their survival in the face of rising a sea levels provides some insight into the future of this incredible coastline.

Dive in here!

Are you ready to explore? Click here for online access to seafloor data zoom in to the SW coast of Victoria around Peterborough. Follow the historic path of the Curdies River beyond the current mouth and discover an ancient coastline.

Deakin Marine Mapping

Deakin Marine Mapping is a group of researchers from Deakin University led by Daniel Ierodiaconou focusing on mapping the seafloor and coastlines of Victoria and beyond.                 

Deakin University has invested in the most advanced oceanographic mapping technologies in the world. The latest generation seafloor mapping systems capable of the collection of thousands of soundings per minute is used to develop detailed pictures of our ocean floor. 

This information is combined with biological data from remotely operated vehicles, baited camera systems and acoustically positioned towed video using modelling techniques to decipher patterns of distribution over large geographic areas.”‹

We are also using our drone fleet to map and observe our coastlines and rocky shores.”‹

We combine physical and biological observations with advanced analysis approaches including frequentist and machine learning to  understand patterns and process. 

Click through to our website here

Email: iero@deakin.edu.au



Deakin’s research vessel, Yolla, is equipped with highly specialised, multibeam sonar and GPS equipment. Yolla has the latest generation seafloor mapping systems, which are used to develop detailed pictures of the ocean floor.

Download the Yolla specifications and survey equipment pdf

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