The Wonders of the Mekong Project is teaming up with two renowned National Geographic Explorers to descend into the darkest depths of Cambodia’s Mekong deep pools – as much as 75 m (250 feet) below the water surface.

“This week, we welcomed deep-sea researcher Kakani Katija from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and environmental science professor and cave diver Kenny Broad from the University of Miami, to join us in deep pool exploration on the Mekong River in northern Cambodia,” said the Wonders of the Mekong Project.

According to the same source, Mekong deep pools are thought to be critically important as dry season fish refuges and spawning areas, and are perhaps the last habitat of endangered giant fish. However, these special habitats are largely unexplored because they are so hard to access.

The team is using unmanned submersibles equipped with lights and cameras, drop cameras suspended on long cables, and baited video cameras to be the “eyes and ears” of the exploration, it pointed out.

The team will share some of their discoveries at an Evening of Exploration event on April 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, it added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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