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Cordell Expeditions: Oral History Project Interview with "The Sacto Team"

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"The Sacto Team" was a group of divers that were an instrumental part of the Cordell Expeditions group. This group of guys from Sacramento, CA became known as "The Sacto Team" for their ability to problem solve and deal with technical challenges and diving. This group of interviews are segments from a longer interview with the Sacto Team.  

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Had you heard of Cordell Bank? Dave Cassotta describes his first impression when Bob Schmieder approached him about diving at Cordell Bank. Mp3 File (1.59MB)
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What did you first hear about Cordell Bank? Jerry Seawell talks about his excitement about diving at Cordell and his first dive. Mp3 File (1.14MB)
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What about the safety aspect of the diving? Dave Cassotta recalls his experience on the water with decompression sickness. Mp3 File (5.43MB)
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What were your first dives on the bank like? John Walton, Steve Williamson and Jerry Seawall describe their first time diving at the bank. Mp3 File (6.82MB)
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What were the descents and ascents like? Dave Walls and Dave Cassotta remember the sensations of diving on the Cordell Bank. Mp3 File (3.81MB)
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What are the similarities and differences between other dive sites and Cordell Bank? Dave Cassotta, John Walton, and Jerry Seawell compare Cordell to other places they have dove and recall their encounters with great white sharks. Mp3 File (7.78MB)
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At the time you were participating in the dives were you aware what you were contributing towards? Dave Walls, Dave Cassotta, Steve Williamson, John Walton, and Jerry Seawell discuss their main goals of the mission, the realization of this area becoming a National Marine Sanctuary and their concerns about protecting this place. Mp3 File (6.92MB)
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What are your biggest concerns in terms of conservation for the sanctuary? Steve Williamson and John Walton express their hopes for the protection of Cordell Bank in the future. Mp3 File (3.95MB)
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