Dispatches E-News: Deepest Secrets 2, Lost Glory & Oldest Living Vertebrate (12/13/17)

Secrets from the Deep (Part 2)

Marine scientist Dean Grubbs and his team set long-lines for sharks, including some of the biggest predatory species in the world, like tiger sharks and the elusive, deep-dwelling sixgill shark. Taking samples from one of these sixteen-foot monsters will give the team a better idea what impacts the Deepwater Horizon oil had and is continuing to have on the Gulf’s deep water residents. The team also catches King snake eels — poorly understood eels that seem to only occur in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico. And your nightmares.


GulfCast: How I Lost The Nobel Prize

Science is a full contact sport and it’s not for the faint of heart. On a daily basis you have “eureka” moments and you have profound “what did I just do?” moments. Dr. Steve DiMarco shares how a potential Nobel Prize-winning experiment plunged into failure.


Greenland Shark Is Oldest Living Vertebrate and Could Be 512 Years Old, Study Finds

Danish scientists believe they’ve discovered the oldest living vertebrate: a Greenland shark lurking in the frigid North Atlantic and Arctic waters that could be up to 512 years old, according to the journal Science.

Little is known about the species. They have been observed in depths down to 1.4 miles. The sharks are known to prowl the Arctic and North Atlantic from eastern Canada to western Russia, but in 2013, a deep-sea research submarine spotted a 12-foot Greenland shark in the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo courtesy of Julius Nielsen.


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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