Dispatches E-News: Mud/Blood, An Ecological Tipping Point & Playing Tag with Sharks (05/23/18)

The Mud and Blood Cruise

The Weatherbird embarks on a two-week research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico with a mission to collect and analyze fish and soil samples near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dave Hollander and Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida lead the team of oceanographers whose research is divided into two phases: blood (studying fish communities) and mud (coring for sediment samples).

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GulfCast: Felicia Coleman: “Don’t Let It Get Here Today”

Dr. Felicia Coleman, director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, is often asked if the Deepwater Horizon disaster is this the worst thing that’s ever happened in the Gulf of Mexico.

She is clear that the oil spill just added problems to a long list of existing ones, pushing the Gulf towards an ecological tipping point. These obstacles need to be overcome to ensure a resilient and sustainable Gulf.


Playing Tag with Sharks

Whale sharks and other large fish such as rays, tuna, and swordfish roam our oceans, but we know remarkably little about them. That impedes our ability to understand their roles in the ocean ecosystem and to develop effective conservation strategies for them, says biologist Simon Thorrold.

The WHOI Fish Ecology Lab’s TOTEM Project uses satellite tags to track the movements of large fish and some of the conditions of the waters they swim in. TOTEM stands for Tagging of Oceanic Teleost and Elasmobranch Megafauna. Teleosts are bony fish such as tuna and swordfish. Elasmobranchs are cartilaginous fish such as sharks and rays.

Photo courtesy of Simon Thorrold (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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