‘Beagle’ roams waters for scientific revelations

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The Nature Conservancy and partners launched a five-year study this month to assess the impact of trawl fishing in soft-bottom seafloor habitats in Morro Bay, Calif. The group is using a remotely operated vehicle called Beagle - an underwater robot with cameras - to gather high-resolution video and photos of marine life and habitats.

The Beagle is equipped with forward, downward and rear-facing still and video cameras; sonar; and a maneuverable arm. It also has the ability to descend to depths of up to 3,000 feet.

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