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Coral reefs; Descriptions at different depths  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
May 1995

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  • Bahamas
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NPR/NG Radio Expeditions
Bahamas/Key Largo
DAT log #1
5/25-29/95
Gamma M58 Mono #l
Bahamas

LN = Lynn Neary
SE = Sylvia Earle

15:00 Tape begins

15:18 Aboard Exuma Hunter...various bg pre-interview stuff...brian calls sub...wl and wlo boat engine in bg.

LYNN BEGINS INTERVIEW OF SYLVIA FROM ABOARD SUPPORT BOAT)

18:30 se: i can hear you...at 150' ... little jacks showing us the way...transition... lots of plants... (good description of what she sees) ...

19:35 ln: hello... are you seeing different things as you go?

19:45 se: can't wait for you to see it...

10:10 ln: are there corals?

20:20 se: at 150' light fading...looking at ledge...old reef...coral from times past...210', edge of reef building corals... caves ... 270' ...good light... the terrain is magnificent... long finger-like sponges ...over.

23:25 ln: how long will you be able to see things?

23:50 se: light will be down to 1000' ... oh, excuse me, big fish going by...everything painted with a blue brush, blue indigo...wonderful...dorothy in OZ was in world of green, we're in world of blue... now in more gradual terrain...twilight is approaching... 380' ... looks like chipmunk on edge of rock...pink...very interesting...over.

26:29 ln: evidence of damage?

26:40 se: below depth of reef building coral... 450' now, deep than you can hold your breath...ancient corals...great fields of rock...over

at 505' ...boat moves

29:45 now at 650'

30:20 ln: read me?

30:45 se: at 650' ...can see crinoids out window due to expert positioning by (pilot) don...can't wait for you to see them... feather duster... (radio interference) ... off the bottom... creatures are scurrying out of the way, our light scares them, blue indigo light is normal ...deeper now...bioluminescence... over

34:00 ln: ancient shoreline at 500' ...do you see evidence?

34:30 se: some yes ... (continues w/description) ... fine beautiful creatures...

35:30 LN: creatures really different at that deep?

35:45 se: now at 750' ... light snowfall ...beautiful...big question mark... like big whisker...

37:30 ln: are colors very different at this depth?

(gets no answer)

38:15 don: 855' on beached sand dunes ...

38:50 ln: how is it possible sand dunes?

(gets no answer)

39:20 ln: describe sand dunes.

39:30 se: (she does) ... like deepest twilight, or that pre-dawn light... occasional little fish...
over.

41:30 (greg question...do you feel like space traveler?)

(se picks up in bg..."you'll love it down here!")

42: 15 ln: feel like traveler?

42:30 se: no, like inner-space traveler...when i first came here 6 years ago ...white anemone... coral needs light to grow... being approached by a fish at high speed...

46:15 (wants to move position)

46:45 se: rocks here look like at surface...seems to go on forever... looks like you could ski down these slopes... just magnificent.. like a step into space, everything is alive...

48:05 (wants to move boat)

48:20 se continues... small fish darting out of our way... (level dip) ... looks like gravel.....we're starting our ascent, do you copy? ..we're at 8-0-0, over.
50:50 (reposition) ... ("51-32 stopdown")

51:20 (continuation of dive)

51:50 don: we're at 7-0-0 and slowly working our way back up.

52:00 ln: Sylvia, can you give us the depth.

52:20 se: already i can see more light...

52:50 ln: (explains instructions to se)

53:20 se: our depth is 7-0-0 and we're coming up.

53:30 ln: do you feel like space explorer?

53:50 se: we're dependent on technology, just like space...i can look out and experience incredible sensation of looking off into the distance...filled with light... looking at the rock... crowded with small organisms...crinoids, they're related to a starfish, looks like a chrysanthemum...

55:30 ln: "creature", how could you not know what these things are?

55:55 se: small creatures...every inch is filled...

56:50 ln: i'm staring at the sea... it's lonely and isolating?

57:10 se: hard to feel alone with so much life around... eyes looking out of every crevice...560 ... can begin to see evidence of ancient reef ... shaggy roof...

59:10 ln: do you have a sense of discovery each time?

59:25 se: you'd be surprised... i see new things each time...revisit old mysteries ...

l:00:25 ln: how can you see things that you don't know what they are?

1:00:30 se: only one tenth of one percent of the ocean has been explored... lavender sponges now... 330 ...big overhangs with fish ... large sponges, more exuberant...

1:02:15 ln: how different it must be down there from up there...whole other world down there...

1:02:35 se: (could you repeat) ...

1:03:06 changing tape - END

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