Dispatches E-News: Oysters Part 1, Mr. Spock & A Whale Learns to Talk (11/08/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Mardi Gras, Jazz, and Oysters (Part 1)

New Orleans is a city defined by Mardi Gras, jazz, and oysters – lots of oysters. For more than 150 years, Louisiana was the nation’s largest source of the shellfish. Thanks to a perfect combination of brackish and warm water, each day thousands of tons of oysters were harvested and imported around the country. By 2010, the state supplied nearly 42 percent of the nation’s oysters. But then the Deepwater Horizon blowout happened.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Mr. Spock Meets Deepwater Horizon

Dr. Chris Reddy, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, describes what it was like to be an eyewitness to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Chris also explains why he’s such a big fan of Star Trek hero Mr. Spock. But first he talks about a relative who inspired him to become a scientist.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Beluga Whale Learns to ‘Talk” to Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins

A beluga whale living in captivity with a pod of bottlenose dolphins has learned their language of whistles and clicks, scientists believe.

The four-year-old whale was moved to live with dolphins in the Koktebel dolphinarium in Crimea in 2013, but initially struggled to communicate with her new tank mates. However, within just a few months, she had begun to copy their whistles in clicks.

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.

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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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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.

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