Metal Salvage is a raw material found scattered on the seabed, usually in biomes close to the Aurora. The PDA states it is illegal to salvage larger pieces of Alterra Corporation ships, although these salvages are okay.
In the Kelp Forest, it is picked up and gathered by Stalkers. It should also be noted that if a Stalker picks up a Metal Salvage, there is a 25% chance that the Stalker will drop a Stalker Tooth. However, one of the textures of metal has a 0% chance of dropping a Stalker Teeth|Stalker Tooth, and that texture is seen in figure #4 of the gallery. This is believed to be a bug.
If the Player holds one in his hand near a Stalker, it will pick it up from the player's hand, temporarily taming the Stalker in the process. Alternatively, a Peeper can be fed to a Stalker, resulting in the creature bringing the player pieces of Metal Salvage in return. However, this is a temporary effect, and the Stalker will soon turn back to its aggressive nature.
It appears to be most common in the Crash Zone and Kelp Forest biomes, but the player takes a risk in visiting these biomes early-game due to the predators that inhabit them.
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Analysis confirms this wreckage is from the Aurora.
Outer layers of the material have oxidized, suggesting it has been heated to over 1200 Celsius. This pattern is consistent with hull disintegration during atmospheric entry.
Salvage of intact portions of Alterra vessels is prohibited at legal, moral and technical levels, however scraps such as these may be reclaimed for their titanium content at any Alterra fabricator.