Iphimediidae Natural Silk Chiffon Maxi Scarf
The science story. The Seamount Collection feature Iphimediidae. This shrimp-like invertebrate is an amphipod. As part of the sub-phylum Crustacea, it is related to crabs, lobsters and barnacles.
This specimen (Order: Amphipoda, Family: Iphimediidae) was found living on a glass sponge collected on Melville Bank on 26/11/2011.
Lat [dd mm ss.sss] Long [dd mm ss.sss] Depth (m)
38° 30’ 42.480 46° 45’ 42.480 1273m
How cool is that! The species has not been identified yet, but we know these organisms live in association with corals from the remote South-West Indian Ocean Seamounts in cold deep waters.
Inspired by benthic macrofauna living in the South-West Indian Ridge (SWIOR), the this series will take you to some of the most remote and unexplored places on Earth.
Benthic macrofauna are small animals that live on or near the seabed and are generally a few centimetres to ~300 micrometres in size. The South-West Indian Ridge is a chain of seamounts located along the seafloor between the south-west Indian Ocean and the south-east Atlantic Ocean.
At the beginning of this project, the SWIOR was an unexplored region which is of particular interest due to its position in relation to major ocean currents, gradients of primary productivity, and temperature. At the end of 2011, a research expedition was undertaken onboard the RRS James Cook (JC066) to investigate, for the first time ever, the benthic deep-sea fauna within a depth range of 200-3,000 meters below the surface along five seamounts of the SWIOR: Coral seamount, Melville Bank, Middle of What, Sapmer, and Atlantis Bank.
Results showed diverse ecosystems, large deep-water coral reefs, beautiful colourful coral gardens, sponge grounds, and incredible macrofauna biodiversity.
Because of their inaccessibility, rarity and remote location, these incredible underwater worlds have been hidden to all but a very few lucky individuals. The more we work with marine scientists, the more we are in awe of our planet, and it's such a joy to share this unseen world with you. You can read the complete science story behind the collection and see the film on our blog page.
"Just because the deep sea is out of sight doesn't mean it should be out of mind. It is just as important that we protect this vulnerable environment as much as we are looking to try and protect our coastlines."
Professor Bhavani Narayanaswamy, Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Merging fashion, sustainability and science. This is a sustainable product showcasing a design inspired by nature. Look great, discover the unseen beauty of the ocean and support important environmental research. Ten per cent (10%) of our profits go towards marine research institutions and ocean literacy programmes. By wearing your scarf and sharing the story, you actively become an ocean advocate and give your planet a voice.
Your scarf celebrates design, craftsmanship and the beauty of the planet.
Size & Composition - 100% silk chiffon. Hand-rolled edges. Designed and printed in the UK. Finished by hand in Italy. Size: 140cm x 200cm, Dry clean only.
The scarf comes inside a plastic-free, embossed Crùbag gift box with the booklet sharing the science story. Free UK standard shipping. Worldwide shipping.