HMS Challenger expedition
This expedition was the first ever oceanographic voyage between 1872- 1876, created to explore the deep ocean and document the existence of life. It was also the first example of a large state funded science project paid for by the British government.
Many samples were taken from the ocean from different depths of water levels all over the world and the collection consists of samples from 362 places with all oceans represented.
Many of these specimens are housed at Natural History Museum and the collection is seen to have important potential in contemporary studies of the ocean and ocean floor, including the study of global change, climatic warming and marine pollution. Analysing these collections was a huge job and reports have been produced for various organisms.
To examine the notes and/or drawing of some of the specimens collected by the crew of HMS Challenger please click here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/expeditions-collecting/hms-challenger-expedition/