VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Meet Sarah Muffelman: The Next Generation of Oceanographers
Sarah Muffelman (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory) is comparing red snapper captured before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with red snapper captured after to see how their feeding habits have changed. She hopes her research will help better plan for any future disasters and assist in the recovery of the Gulf’s ecosystems.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Where Did All The Oysters Go?
Until recently, if you ate an oyster it most likely came from the Gulf of Mexico, which supplied more than 70% of all oysters harvested in the United States. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed all that.
The historically recession- and hurricane-proof oyster industry is harvesting and processing less than 25% of what it was before April 20, 2010. Their livelihoods gravely impacted, fishermen and shuckers struggle with poverty. Professor Sean Powers (University of South Alabama) explains why oyster populations have been slow to recover.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Rare Find from the Deep Sea: A Newly Hatched Dumbo Octopus
Deep-sea dumbo octopuses, with their large eyes and round fins that resemble elephant ears, are arguably one of the most endearing creatures of the deep. They’ve also been one of the most mysterious, because these small animals inhabit the largely inaccessible, deep and dark depths of the ocean floor.
Watch the first-ever footage of a hatching dumbo octopus!
Photo courtesy of WHOI.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
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