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Cordell Expeditions: Oral History Project Interview with Bill Kruse and Tom Santilena

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Bill Kruse and Tom Santilena were two instrumental members of the Cordell Expedition team for their comittment to the entire project. Bill and Tom were and still are close friends. Bill was responsible for all the early maps that detailed bathymetric features of Cordell Bank.  

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Did you have problems finding the correct dive location? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse describe the trouble of locating the bank, and describe the technology involved in locating their dive destination. Mp3 File (2.85MB)
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What was your first dive like? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse retell the story of going beyond their dive plan their first time diving at the bank and dealing with nitrogen narcosis. Mp3 File (10.4MB)
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What exactly did you do on your dives at the bank? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse talk about their early set-up dives and how their tasks evolved, including photography and use of slide film. Mp3 File (5.88MB)
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What were some wonderful or interesting things you got to see on your dives? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse recall the natural and manmade features of the bank, including the mysterious holes that were manmade. Mp3 File (7.66MB)
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Were there any memorable sightings of marine life on your dives? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse describe the life and lack of life they encountered while diving. Mp3 File (5.4MB)
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How would you characterize the change you saw in the dive expeditions over time? Tom Santilena and Bill Kruse explain how problem solving and technology helped the evolution of the expedition. Mp3 File (6.35MB)
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How did you participate in the early mapping efforts of the bank? Bill Kruse talks about his hands on experience in mapping the Cordell Bank region. Mp3 File (13.1MB)
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How was it to hear what the NOAA divers in 2010 thought of Cordell Bank? Bill Kruse recalls how even extremely experienced divers found Cordell Bank to be a unique dive spot. Mp3 File (3.14MB)
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What are your biggest concerns for the future of Cordell Bank? Bill Kruse and Tom Santilena speak about their hopes for the future of the sanctuary. Mp3 File (2.66MB)
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