Writer Douglas Fox accompanied ITGC researchers into the field in 2019/2020, where he witnessed TARSAN scientists Erin Pettit, Ted Scambos, MELT scientist Britney Schmidt, and others drill into the Thwaites Glacier ice shelf to learn about the shelf's properties and its thickness. What surprised the team the most was the vast amount of life under the shelf. 

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A squid caught on camera under Thwaites Glacier. Photo credit: Ted Scambos
A squid caught on camera under Thwaites Glacier. Photo credit: Ted Scambos