Dispatches E-News: A Daunting Era, Oil Highway & Homeless Manatees (08/22/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It Was Just A Scary, Scary Time

The Gulf shrimping community is accustomed to recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes. Louisiana waterman, David Chauvin, explains why a man-made disaster posed different kinds of challenges.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Kristen Thyng: Complex Ocean Models

Dr. Kristen Thyng is a research professor at Texas A&M employing a background in physics and math to study transport modeling of oil in the Texas and Louisiana shelf.

She uses complex models based on thousands of field measurements to run what are called “drifters” through possible ocean current scenarios. Essentially, these models let her make a very educated guess where a message in a bottle — or a patch of oil — would end up if you dropped it anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
“Homeless” Sea Cows During the Deadly Red Tide

Florida’s manatees have no defense against this ecological disaster.

A persistent red tide continues to plague the waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It’s dangerous for people to breathe the contaminated air. The bacteria is suffocating fish and killing the Manatees that feed on infected seagrass.

Last-ditch efforts to save the manatees are underway to temporarily relocate them rehab centers – including Sea World in Orlando. If sick manatees are found in the first 24 hours of intoxication, they have a pretty good chance of making a full recovery.

Photo courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore 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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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