Science: Out of the Depths

About the last of the earth's living creatures not catalogued by man live in the deep sea. Last week man's deep-sea fishing techniques were catching up with some of them.

Off Southern California, Dr. Carl L. Hubbs of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography was having good fishing with a new kind of deep-sea trawl. Its mouth is held open by a broad, V-shaped steel beam that acts like an airplane wing in reverse, making the net dive downward while giving it unusual stability. It can be towed at six knots, instead of the two knots which is top speed for ordinary trawls.


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