USNM Curators Annual Reports: Department of Marine Invertebrates, Annual Report 1885-1886

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What kinds of marine life might you find in the waters of the Grand Banks in Newfoundland, or two and a half miles under the sea in deeper water? The steamer USFC Albatross sailed almost the length of North America's eastern seaboard in 1885 and early 1886 gathering samples of fish, invertebrates and other sea life. This including dredging the sea floor off the Georgia coast and in the Bahamas. All together, roughly 1,900 packages of specimens sent to the United States National Museum over the course of a year's time. Curator Richard Rathbun (1852-1918) and his small staff were tasked with sifting through this bounty and determining which marine invertebrates should be added to the national collection. Join in the transcription of his annual report and learn how Rathbun handled this contribution, twice the amount of what his department received the previous year!

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