Dispatches E-News: Fishery Science, Drifters & Photo Contest Winners (09/13/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Mud and Blood Cruise – Part Three: This Is Fishery Science

The “Mud and Blood Cruise” is a two-week research mission that collects and analyzes fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This week, the “blood team” studies a dozen different body parts to determine the age and contamination levels of the fish. This includes inner ear stones (otoliths), spleen, liver, heart, brain, bile, and muscle samples. The goal is to differentiate between present-day exposure to oil/dispersants and any long-term accumulation in the tissues.

[WATCH HERE]


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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: The LASER Cruise: Drifters

When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, it was difficult to know where the oil might end up. The LASER team’s goal was to study how the oil spreads out via ocean currents, so they could create predictive models for future spills. Thousand of drifters would be required to execute the experiment, but existing drifters were extremely expensive due to the GPS component. Two years were spent designing specialized drifters into a low-cost, packable version that performs well in the open ocean and is biodegradable.

[LISTEN HERE]


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Winners of the 2017 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

This summer, Ocean Conservancy asked people to submit their best photos to its 2017 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest. There were a record-breaking number of entries this year – from frolicking dolphins to jaw-dropping sunsets. After weeks of deliberation, the judges have spoken. Check out the winners from this year’s photo contest.

Photo courtesy of Natalie Bondarenko.

[DISCOVER MORE]


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Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.

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