A few years ago I remember reading about China planning to set up a fourth research base sometime between 2015 and 2030. Today, though, I read an article about China planning to not only add their fourth Antarctic base by 2015, but also a fifth one. One of the new stations will a year round station in Victoria Land and the other will be a summer season station located between their current bases of Zhongshan and Kunlun.
While I do not find it particularly surprising that the first whale skeleton was only recently found in Antarctic waters, I did find it interesting that only six naturally occurring ones have ever been found on the sea floor worldwide. It was also interesting to read about how the whale skeletons are part of the ocean's circle of life in that they become reefs. In this particular case they actually found nine new species on the whale skeleton. Learn more here.