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Royal visitor examines Australian Museum collections

By: Dr Stephen Keable, Category: Science, Date: 09 Feb 2010

During his recent visit to Sydney His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales examined specimens from the Australian Museum collection aboard RV Southern Surveyor.

Prince William examines specimens

Belinda Mason © Courtesy of CSIRO

The Southern Surveyor is the Marine National Facility research vessel operated by CSIRO and is regularly used by Australian Museum staff to explore the biodiversity of Australian waters. A variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other invertebrates are held in the Museum collections from these expeditions.

Prince William has studied marine pollution and its effects on coral reefs and indicated that his visit to CSIRO aboard the Southern Surveyor was a 'personal highlight' of his visit.