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Q: Are the submarine instruments that you use to pick up things from the ocean bottom difficult to maneuver? Do you have any instruments you can use to catch bottom-dwelling fish that move faster than the Young Grab?

A: The submarine instruments used to pick up things like rocks, sponges, and bottom-dwelling fish can be challenging to use at first, but as it is with any skill, you get better with practice. Most of the sub pilots are quite adept at catching things with the different tools available on the sub. We have a vacuum cleaner-like suction tube, an arm to grab things with a claw, and traps that we secure to the front of the sub. Some pilots will follow a fish and simply come up from below it and catch it in a collection bucket.

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