The Ross Sea is the most pristine marine ecosystem on earth.
Unlike most of the world's oceans it has remained free from widespread pollution, invasive species, mining and overfishing.
The Ross Sea is the most productive stretch of water in the Southern Ocean and home to high concentrations of wildlife and an incredible array of animals, many found nowhere else on the planet.
It is teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals, penguins and other animals that collectively comprise the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. As such, the Ross Sea is a living laboratory providing scientists with the last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem functions.