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Peter Etnoyer Introduction (Transcript)

My name is Peter Etnoyer. I am a scientific consultant with expertise in marine biology and remote sensing technology. I am different from the other scientists at OceanAGE because I work with several organizations rather than just one, and I work on a wide variety of projects.

Most recently I have been working with NOAA and the Natural History Museum to collect and identify deep-sea corals in North American waters. Deep-sea corals are interesting to the government because they grow very large – up to 30 feet and up to a mile deep – and provide habitat for fish, crabs, and sharks.

I am here in the Natural History Museum standing among the archives. The question I want to answer for you today is “How did these things get from the bottom of the seafloor to the museum?” By taking you through the process, I hope to introduce you to the skills I need to do my job.

This video presentation will be in three parts.

First, I am going to show you how we use multibeam echo sounders to scan the seafloor and identify deep-sea coral collection targets.

Next, I am going to show you how we use robotics and submarines to collect a deep sea coral and bring it to the surface.

Finally, I am going to show you how we preserve a coral for identification and storage at the Natural History Museum Archives.

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