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MESA Archives: "Coral Gardens of the Aleutians" Underwater Video

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Journey deep beneath the cold waters of the Aleutian Island archipelago to explore the rich abundance of life on the sea floor.

In July 2002, NOAA scientists and researchers from around the country began their study of possible habitat disturbance.  To better understand the highly structured ecosystem of diverse corals, sponges, fishes, crabs and other invertebrates, 36 sites were explored using the two-person Delta submarine.  Capable of diving to depths of 1200 feet, the Delta allowed its crew to conduct research and capture the vivid scenes for this video.

picture of Delta submarine  

The "Coral Gardens of the Aleutians" streaming video runs for 6:44 minutes.  This movie is best viewed using the latest Real One Player from RealNetworks.  If you do not already have this player installed on your machine you can download the free player from Real One Player.  (References to trade names or commercial entities do not imply endorsement by the NMFS/AFSC)

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Movie Credits

Dr. Jon Heifetz, NMFS, Auke Bay Laboratory
Bob Stone, NMFS, Auke Bay Laboratory
Patrick Malecha, NMFS, Auke Bay Laboratory
Dean Courtney, NMFS, Auke Bay Laboratory
Dr. Bruce Wing, NMFS, Auke Bay Laboratory
Anne Simpson, University of Maine
Alberto Lindner, Duke University
Crew of the F/V Velero IV
Sheela McLean, NMFS, Alaska Regional Office
Katie Bausler, Writer / Narrator
Mark Sabel, editor, Sabel Media

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