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Alvin took Aquarium biologists to the bottom of the bay as part of their ongoing study of drift kelp's role in the ecology of the deep sea.
Alvin Comes to Monterey Bay
November 1988Alvin, a three-person research submersible operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, visits Monterey Bay. The National Geographic Society uses it to photograph deep-sea animals for an upcoming story on the Aquarium and Monterey Bay. Aquarium researchers use "the Cadillac of deep-sea research vehicles" to get a rare, first-hand look at Monterey Canyon. They dive to depths of 10,000 feet in the canyon to study the role that drift kelp plays in the deep sea.