Posted by: cassandrabrooks | January 6, 2011

Deep-water Corals of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Much of the ocean is a desert, dark depths devoid of life with muddy bottoms where animals scour for food and mates. But in the midst of these muddy bottoms, rocky banks rise from the continental shelf providing structure for life to grow and flourish. Cordell Bank, just 20 miles off the Point Reyes Seashore, is one such place.  A world bursting with creatures beyond our wildest imaginations.

Join me as I talk with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary superintendent, Dan Howard, and research coordinator, Lisa Etherington, as we discuss the basis of the bank’s biological wonderland and the importance of protection, particularly in the face of climate change.

To watch the audio slideshow on YouTube, click here. To watch it on the new San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Science and Learning website click here.

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