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Mexican Scientists Explore Gulf of California with Mini-Submarines

MEXICO CITY – Mexican scientists are using remote-controlled mini-submarines to explore the deep waters of the Gulf of California, getting a look at areas that are out of reach for divers, the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) said.

The project’s goal is to focus on areas between 30 and 150 meters (98 and 492 feet) deep to “learn about the existing biodiversity and its oceanographic and environmental conditions,” Northwest Biological Research Center (CIBNOR) co-director Eduardo Balart said.

Scientists are trying to learn about the distribution, abundance and density of marine life in the Gulf of California, as well as identifying different reef species.

The VideoRay Pro 4 mini-submarines weigh only six kilos (about 13 pounds) and can dive to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet), shooting high-definition video in real time.

 

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